Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Below are two examples I made, but the children are free to decorate the cookie however they wish. I learned a great tip from my Kindergartner's teacher a few weeks ago. Instead of making 20 piping bags full of icing (which is pretty messy and hard for the little ones to control), she just gave each child a plate, a popsicle stick and put a glob of icing on their plate. Then the children used the popsicle stick to spread the icing. So, I am definitely going that route today and then I plan to put each child's decorations in their own Halloween paper muffin liner (they are cheap, very cute and hold each child's individual candy decorations so they don't go rolling all over the place). Hope you have a Happy Halloween!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
- First, the week before the test I ask parents to send in HEALTHY items for "breakfast" that will keep in the classroom like clementines, bananas, granola bars, fruit bars, mini bagels, etc. That way the teacher has a "stash" of food he or she can offer the children each day before the test. Most kids either don't eat breakfast or are hungry by the time they get to school.
- Then I usually work with one or two other parents to provide snack. Each day I pre-packaged each snack in individual quart size bags (each quart size bag contains a grain, a snack bag of fruit or a veggie and some sort of dairy). I do this so that it's easy for the teacher to pass out and gives the kids plenty of time to eat. If the children don't like a certain food included in the snack they may ask the teacher to "trade out" for one of the breakfast items. Each day I send snack in a cooler bag with my child. If you know anyone who sells Thirty-One they have great bags!! Like this one that holds all this stuff and is easy for my child to carry!
- For BIG tests I will then send in a daily "treat". This may be smarty pants, smarty grams or whatever else I may come up with. I try to include an encouraging note. These are passed out AFTER the test to give the children something to look forward to each day.
Game Plan for Testing
Day One - Snack: Pretzel sticks, cheese stick, carrots and cucumber slices with ranch dip. Treat: One Smart Cookie Day Two - Snack: Goldfish crackers, apple slices & colby jack cheese (not pictured) Treat: "Smartie Pants" (and yes smartie is spelled like the brand:)
Day Four - Snack: Homemade granola, carrots & celery sticks, string cheese Treat: "Smartie Pants"
Day Five - Snack: Goldfish crackers, carrots & cucumber slices, organic fruit snacks Treat: Swedish Fish or you can use Goldfish crackers (You are O"fish"ally done with ITBS) I got this idea From eighteen 25 here.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
"Indian Corn" & Nutter Butter GhostsFor the Indian Corn you use Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, spread icing on the cookie, stick Reese's Piece's OR the new Fall Color M&M's to make the corn kernels and then add pretzel sticks (with icing) to make the "silk" at the top.
For the Nutter Butter Ghosts you melt white chocolate in the microwave and dip the cookies into the melted white chocolate (or you can just give the kids icing to spread on the cookies) and then add 2 regular chocolate chips for eyes.
Candy Corn Wreath Cookies
For the candy corn wreath cookies you use a ring butter cookie, spread white icing on the cookie and then add the candy corn. Thanks to Ms. B for the idea!!
Ghost Glass of MilkFor the ghost glass you simply use chocolate syrup to make eyes and a mouth on a plastic clear cup. Chill the cup for at least 10 minutes and then pour milk into the cup.
Orange Jack O'Lanterns from Martha Stewart website This picture is from the Martha Stewart site. You can click here for the directions. I have also in the past let the children just draw faces on the oranges and then I used a citrus peeler to remove the rind where they drew eyes, a nose and mouth. It's a lot easier - because then they can just eat the orange when you are done. But Martha's idea is super cute too!
Witches Hat from Martha Stewart website This picture is from the Martha Stewart site. You can click here for the directions. Isn't it so cute!
Goblin Cheese Ball from Food Network website
Pumpkin Bracelets - you can click here to get directions and make your own!