Saturday, March 10, 2018

Rainbow Craft for St. Patrick's Day

During St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th  legends arise about tiny shoemakers living in the forest called Leprechauns. These mysterious little men are supposed to be rich and hide their gold in black pots found at the end of the rainbow. It is supposed to be good luck when you see a rainbow, so involve your child in making one that not only is a St. Patrick’s Day craft, but one that teaches about the colors of the rainbow. Teach your little learner the name “Roy G. Biv” (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet) and he will never forget the order of colors in a rainbow.
  • Sky blue card stock or construction paper
  • Tempera poster paints (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet)
  • Black construction paper
  • Shiny pennies
  • Pencil
  • Heavy-duty glue
  • Safety scissors
  • Paper plate

Step 1 – Prepare your work area covering the table and floor with newspaper. This craft involves finger printing with paint and can get messy. You may even want your child to wear a paint smock to protect her clothing.
Step 2 – Place a dollop of paint (one of each color) onto a paper plate to look like an artist’s pallet.
Step 3 – Draw an arch on the sky blue paper large enough for a rainbow that covers two-thirds of the page.
Step 4 – Invite your child to use his pointer finger or thumb to do the printing. First, dip into the red paint and make fingerprints along the lines of the arch. Wash that finger with soap and water and then proceed with the next color that is orange. Continue this procedure one row after the other with yellow, green, blue, and violet paint until the rainbow is completed.
Step 5 – While the paint is drying, cut out a pot shape from black construction paper. Parents may need to draw the pot and the child can cut this out using safety scissors.
Step 6 – Glue the pot shape on the sky blue paper at the foot of the rainbow.
Step 7 – Search for shiny pennies and glue a few on the black pot. You will need to use very heavy-duty glue or a low-temperature glue gun to adhere the pennies.
During this craft session talk with your child about how and why rainbows appear in the sky adding a little science to this art project. A rainbow is a circular arc of colors that appears up in the sky when raindrops are illuminated by the sun.
Then tell the fictional, but symbolic story about the leprechauns and their gold. Storybooks are helpful with this task. Legend says if a leprechaun likes you, he will share this gold and other stories say you must catch the leprechaun for him to lead you to his fortune. ‘Tis the luck of the Irish – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Until next time,

First published on Peku Publications Holidays Helper
Photo courtesy of Tania Cowling, all rights reserved
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Putting Fun into a Healthy Breakfast

Whether it's school, camp or a day adventure, getting up in the morning is a scene every parent dreads. The alarm goes off; the kids pull up their covers and refuse to get up. As the kids finally rise and decide what to wear, it's time to head to the breakfast table. Whether breakfast is eaten at home or in the car, it is important for your child's performance. Breakfast jump-starts the brain and keeps adults and children alert throughout the morning. After eight to ten hours without food, the body is essentially a cold furnace waiting to be fueled. A good breakfast should include.
-A serving of protein-rich food, such as low-fat milk or yogurt, cheese, or peanut butter.
-A food rich in complex carbohydrates, such as whole-grain cereal, bread, or muffins.
-A food rich in vitamin C such as an orange, grapefruit, or strawberries.
-A small amount of fat.
Special containers make mealtime a special treat for the young child. Use clean egg cartons and fill each section with a finger food. Or fill an ice cream cone with snacks other than ice cream. Try foods such as cubed cheese, peeled apple slices, or cereal. Your youngster may find this on-the-go breakfast fun while carpooling your older children. The almighty juice boxes and bags can help to wean your toddler from his bottle. Start by filling his bottle only with water and later, let him drink juice with a straw from the box or bag. This is a pleasant diversion for your child and a convenience for you because these containers can be carried easily in the stroller or car.

Instead of serving your child plain hot cereal, set out a few small bowls of toppings from which she can choose. For instance, try yogurt, applesauce, apple butter, fruit spreads, chopped nuts, dates, raisins, fresh fruit, or granola. Your child many want to add just one topping or she might choose to mix several of them on top of her cereal to experience some new and different tastes. Some of these toppings can also be used to add creative interest to cold cereals with nutrition along the way.
Keeping in mind that creativity often means doing something in a new way, you can give your child's breakfast toast a "new look" by using a cookie cutter to make them heart shaped. This also boosts self-esteem by sending her a "you are special" message. Another way to do some creative personalizing is to form your child's initials with batter when you are cooking pancakes. Or use ketchup to squeeze an "I love you", a heart shape or her initials onto cooked hash browns. Having fun in the kitchen now should bring a love of cooking later.
Hope these tips are helpful.
Happy Parenting,
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Monday, February 5, 2018

Valentine Tea Party: The Perfect Gathering for Little Girls

Young children love tea parties. Why not invite a few of their friends over for an afternoon party for Valentines Day? Set a pretty table with linen napkins, fresh flowers, tea sandwiches and pink punch. During the party help each little guest create confectionary necklaces to take home as a party favor. Start with a pretty heart invitation and let the party begin.

A Formal Invitation

Cut a heart shape from pale pink card stock. Use a dark pink or purple glitter pen and write out the party details along the edges of the heart, working toward the center. Leave room in the middle to print each guest’s name. Here is an example of the invitation wording:

Ms. Susie Smith would love the pleasure of your company at a Valentine day afternoon tea.
Sweets and sips will be served to your hearts delight at half past three on February 14th.

Mail or hand deliver these invitations at least a week or more before your holiday party.

Set a Delightful Table D├ęcor

Top your table with a pink or white cloth. Roll the linen napkins and tie it with pretty pink ribbon. For centerpieces, cut baby roses and arrange them in teacups to place on the table. To add Valentine flair, placing red paper doilies and heart confetti on your table. Since children love balloons, fill your room with balloons in Valentine colors of red, white, pink and lavender.

Tea Time Treats

Even though this party is passed the lunch hour, serve little tea sandwiches for snacks. Cut bread into heart shapes using cookie cutters. Spread the sandwiches with fillings such as tuna salad, chicken salad and even peanut butter and jelly. For the tea, pour a pink punch. This could be pink lemonade poured into children’s plastic teacups.

For dessert bake cupcakes in advance. Allow the little girls to ice the cupcakes with vanilla frosting. Provide an assortment of baking sprinkles in Valentine colors for the children to place on top.

Valentine Necklace Favor

Let each guest make a candy necklace to take home as a favor. Provide each child with a piece of plastic wrap about 2 feet long. Set out bowls of Valentine candy in the center of the table. The girls can select a few pieces of candy and place them 2 inches apart across the length of the plastic wrap. An adult needs to help them roll the candy inside the plastic wrap making a tube. Between the candy clusters tie a bow using a piece of ribbon. Do this procedure evenly spaced to create a pretty necklace. Make sure the candy is securely wrapped inside the tube using tape if necessary. When finished not the ends of the tube together to form the necklace. As the children leave the party, let them wear their necklace home.

Tips for a Successful Children’s Tea Party

  • Avoid serving hot tea to young children. The girls probably will not like the taste and you want to avoid any hot spills or burning of the tongue.

  • Stay away from sugar overload. Serve nutritious food during the party and only one dessert. When making the candy necklace make sure the girls label the craft with their name and take the party favor home to eat at a later time.

  • Recruit older siblings to help the little girls at the party. Or think about inviting the mothers for a mother and daughter Valentine tea party.

Most of all enjoy the party together and take pictures to savor the memories.

Photos courtesy of CCO Creative Commons

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Who Doesn't Like Flowers on Valentine's Day?

Valentine's Day (February !4th) is just around the corner. Whether you are receiving flowers or giving these beauties to loved ones, here are some flower hacks from 1-800-Flowers that I have permission to share with you. Enjoy!

"7 Shopping Hacks from to Help You Score the Perfect Gift for Your Valentine

1. Shop early and save BIG. Customers who order their Valentine’s Day flowers before February 4, can take advantage of exclusive discounts – so act swiftly and let the smiles begin!

2. Decide whether to vase or not to vase? offers expertly-designed arrangements from local florists that arrive in vases, as well as gorgeous Valentine bouquets Fresh From Our Growers™ that arrive in gift boxes – either with or without a vase. If your Valentine loves DIY floral designing, skip the vase and save some money by ordering an arrangement labeled “Shipped in a Gift Box” and selecting the “Bouquet Only” option.

3. Sign up for email and mobile text alerts. Be sure to visit and sign up for email alerts to receive updates in real-time about special rose offers and more. Additionally, download the mobile app and sign up for text alerts to receive notifications about exclusive, limited-time offers.

4. Office envy is a thing – don’t wait until the 14th. Send flowers to arrive at your sweetheart’s office on the Monday or Tuesday before Valentine’s Day. Not only will you impress with your bold proclamation of love, but your dazzling gift will be on display for all co-workers to see! Plus, an earlier delivery will give the flowers extra time to bloom, so they can be enjoyed at peak form on the actual holiday.

5. Quick order status updates? Check!’s new, easy-to-use online Customer Service Hub provides real-time updates on order status, options for order modification and live chat support. Utilizing this online service will help save time and effort this Valentine’s Day.

6. Score free and fast shipping. offers a great Celebrations Passport loyalty program, where members enjoy unlimited free standard shipping and no service charge on all orders year-round across the company’s entire family of brands, including Simply Chocolate, Harry & David, Cheryl’s Cookies and more!

7. Nip potential disappointment in the bud. Buying gifts for teachers or other professionals with varied schedules? Does your sweetheart work in a building that closes ahead of typical business hours? Consider ordering for a February 13th delivery to ensure receipt as you intended, as deliveries on Valentine’s Day usually continue into the early evening hours. This will eliminate any unnecessary anxiety as you wait for your Valentine to receive your thoughtful gift.

And…that’s it! As long as you keep these expert shopping hacks in mind, finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift will be easier than ever before."

Photos courtesy of -- CCO Creative Commons

More Valentine ideas for the kids coming soon!

Happy Parenting,

Monday, January 8, 2018

Technology Toys Kids Will Love

Even though Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are over, there are still so many occasions that toys will be gifted to children. As a parent, grandparent, and former teacher I’m always searching for toys that teach. We are in an era of technology and many children are delving into STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) projects at school. VTech toys understand that technology is where education is at and has a line-up of toys that meet this criterion.
So this gift guide is for you (parents) to collect ideas for an upcoming occasion or just an “I love you” gift. Check out these toys that teach.


“LeapStart is an interactive learning system that gets kids excited about counting, learning to read, problem solving and more through fun, replayable activities. The magic behind LeapStart is a stylus that reads invisible dots on every page, triggering questions, challenges, songs, jokes and more.  The grow-with-me stylus is comfortable for kids of all ages and promotes proper writing grip. The LeapStart library features touch-and-talk games, creative challenges, problem-solving puzzles, math mazes and more for 2-7 year olds with more than 30 activities in every book. Most replayable activities have two levels with more than 50 key skills per level so kids can play and learn at the right level and move up when they’re ready. The LeapStart library of 25+ books (sold separately) covers a variety of preschool through first grade subjects and includes two Learn to Read book sets. A total of 400+ activities help kids build tomorrow’s skills today.”
Ages 2-7 years; MSRP: $39.99


“Learning fun is a tap away with the 2-in-1 LeapTop Touch. Kids can learn about letters, numbers, music and more on a laptop that's made just for them. Open the laptop to see the screen in keyboard mode, then close the laptop and watch the screen magically swivel into tablet mode. The laptop features an A-Z keyboard and number buttons 1-10, while the tablet features a touch screen. Kids will have fun pretending to email Scout or tapping away in five learning modes – ABCs, numbers, games, music and messages. Plus, the laptop can be customized to help children spell their name. The take-along handle makes it great for learning on the go!”
Ages 2+ years; MSRP: $24.99


“Kids can capture their adventures wherever they are with the Kidizoom Action Cam 180. The 180° rotatable camera lets kids take photos and selfies from all angles, plus shoot videos with fun features like slow and fast-motion. Use the included accessories to mount the camera to a bike, skateboard and more while taking great action shots anytime, anywhere. Add the all-weather, waterproof case for use up to six feet underwater. For even more fun, play one of the three included games. With the included micro USB cable, children can upload photos and videos as well as recharge the battery.”
Ages 4+ years; MSRP: $49.99


“The perfect tech for kids, Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 lets them take pictures, videos, play games, tell time and more! Featuring a new sleek and stylish design, this durable smartwatch includes 55 digital and analog customizable watch faces to help kids learn to tell time. This smartwatch features two cameras that allow children to capture everything from action video to selfies that can be customized in the Silly Yourself app and made into new watch faces. Includes an assortment of new games including Monster Catcher, which uses the camera and augmented reality to help kids find and capture monsters in the real world. Kids can also use the watch's motion sensor for active play challenges or to track steps. Using the included Micro-USB cable, upload photos and videos as well as recharge the battery.”
Ages 4+ years; MSRP: $59.99

These are only a few toys that VTech has to offer. Check their website for more ideas.

Remember that play is learning, so pick out the most educational toys for your kids and make these times teachable moments!

Happy Parenting,

I want to thank VTech Toys for the opportunity to view their products. I was not paid or coached to write this blog post. The information about the products was provided and these are my own opinions.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Winter Recipes Kids Can Make

Food Ideas With a Snow Theme
It's winter and time to use recipes with seasonal shapes and/or white ingredients for a snowy flair. Kids will love these treats; great for a party too!
Be it cold, a chill, a nip, it's crisp, it's frigid, a frost, we shiver, we chatter - it's winter and time to incorporate this theme into cooking with kids. Here are a few recipes to try.
Hot White Chocolate
·      2 ounces white baking chocolate
·      1 cup water
·      3 cups milk
·      Cinnamon or peppermint stick (optional)
1.     In a medium-sized saucepan, melt 2 ounces of white baking chocolate and 1-cup water over medium heat. Stir this constantly.
2.     When this mixture is fully melted, bring it to a boil and then bring the temperature down to simmer.
3.     Stir in 3 cups of milk and heat this until it is warm.
4.     Remove the pan from the heat and beat the milk with a whisk until foamy. Older children can help with adult supervision.
5.     Serve the white chocolate in mugs with a dash of cinnamon or a peppermint stick inside.
    Makes 6 servings.
Snowflake Breadsticks

Children will like shaping this dough and placing it to make a snowflake bread roll.
·      Refrigerator breadsticks (store-bought)
1.     Invite the kids to roll this dough into small snakes.
2.     Place one rope (snake) onto the baking pan overlapping with other small ropes until you have a six-spoked snowflake.
3.     Bake as directed on the package label.
4.     Continue making snowflakes until you have used up the entire dough.
 Ice Cream Snowballs [1]
 Quick and easy, but so much fun to make and eat!
·      Vanilla ice cream
·      Flaked coconut
·      Cupcake papers
1.     Scoop vanilla ice cream into a ball.
2.     Roll this in flaked coconut and place each ball into a cupcake paper.
3.     Freeze until hard.
 Snowman Pizza [2]
 This food construction allows children to use their creativity to create a snowman face.
·      Store-bought frozen pizza
·      Salami or ham strips
·      Pepperoni slices
·      Cherry tomato (cut in half)
·      Black olive halves (pitted)

1.     Bake a frozen pizza according to directions on the package.
2.     Remove this from the oven to a plate.
3.     Invite the kids to decorate with the ingredients below:
4.     Salami, ham strips, pepper strips or pieces, pepperoni, cherry tomatoes, pitted black olives; get creative with all kinds of healthy edibles.
 Winter White Waldorf Salad
Apples are aplenty during the winter months. Try this recipe for a sweet dessert.
·      Apples, peeled and cut into chunks
·      Raisins
·      Walnuts, chopped
·      Container of Cool Whip

1.     Peel and cut several apples into chunks.
2.     Add chopped walnuts and raisins.
3.     Fold in Cool Whip topping and mix.
4.     Serve cold.

French Toast Snowmen [3]
 French toast is not just for breakfast; use it for any meal or party food as well.
·      Thick white bread
·      2 eggs
·      1/2 cup milk
·      1 tablespoon sugar
·      1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
·      Dash of salt
·      Butter or margarine
·      Maple syrup
1.     Using cookie cutters, cut a snowman shape from each slice of think white bread.
2.     In a shallow bowl, crack 2 eggs and beat until foamy.
3.     Add the milk, sugar, cinnamon, and a dash of salt. Mix well.
4.     Heat a griddle or frying pan to medium-high heat. Grease the pan with butter or margarine.
5.     Dip the bread shapes into the egg mixture coating each side.
6.     Place it on the griddle and cook on each side till lightly browned.
7.     Serve these yummy snowmen on a plate with maple syrup.
8.     Children may like fresh fruit on top as well.
Many of these foods are the same foods families eat on a daily basis, but add a few extra ingredients to give them a winter theme. Having kids in the kitchen is a wonderful learning experience and teaching children skills they need in later life. Create, construct, and enjoy!
Personal experience

{1,2,3] Taken from or adapted from Cooking with Kids: Recipes for Year-Round Fun by Tania Kourempis Cowling

Monday, November 13, 2017

Treemote: A Unique Christmas Lighting System

Soon we will be decorating and putting up our Christmas trees. Whether you choose a real tree or artificial, they have strands of lights. Wouldn't it be nice to easily light your tree without bending down or crawling behind the tree to plug in the lights? Well now we have a solution -- TREEMOTE!

"Treemote solves the daily task of switching holiday lights on and off by using the wireless Treemote device. Treemote is simple and easy to install. To use, plug the white receiver into any wall outlet, and then plug a string of lights into the receiver. Using the green tree-shaped remote, customers can then control the lights from up to 80 feet away. "

And, when the holidays are over, don't pack your Treemote away. It can be used with any household lamp or small appliance to easily turn it on and off with a cute remote control device. Don't get down on your knees or strain your back any longer -- just push a button!

  • MSRP: $19.99 Batteries included.
  • Availability: Available for purchase online and at select retailers nationwide
We don't have our Christmas tree up yet, usually around the first week of December, BUT I have my Treemote  ready for this event. I tried it on a table lamp and it was so easy. I think every household should have one of these nifty devices. 

Until next week -- Happy Parenting,

I want to thank Treemote, Inc. for the opportunity to view their product. I was not paid or coached to write this blog post. The information about the product was provided and these are my own opinions.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Playmates Toys

As November approaches, it’s time to think about some serious holiday shopping for the kids. Since our kiddos love toys, I thought I would start with a gift guide with fun and educational items from Playmates Toys.
Does your child like to play alone or with a friend? Is play one of action or imagination? Here is a list of favorites from Playmates Toys that can fit whatever playful mood your child is in for the day.

Voltron: Legendary Defender

Playmates Toys is the master toy licensee for DreamWorks Animation's Voltron: Legendary Defender. This critically acclaimed series debuted as a Netflix original in June 2016, with the fourth season coming to Netflix in October 2017. The series is a contemporary reimagining of the pop culture phenomenon featuring five young pilots of mystical robot lions that combine to form Voltron, the most powerful defender in the universe. This action figure assortment features four fully articulated Lion figures that can transform and combine with the Electronic Black Lion to form a 16" fully-articulated Voltron figure with phrases and sounds.

Ben 10

“Playmates Toys is introducing a full range of toys based on the animated series. The new Cartoon Network series, which premiered in the U.S. in April 2017, is centered on fun loving, 10-year-old, Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max as they travel the country during summer vacation. Once Ben finds the Omnitrix, a mysterious watch that transforms him into 10 different heroic aliens, a world of extraterrestrial superpowers opens up to him.”
If you child is into this television series, he/she is apt to collect action figures that are part of the story. Playmates have these figures all around 5-inches tall and painted with extreme details. Some figures come with accessories that complement their costume. The assortment includes Ben & Grey Matter, Heatblast, Diamondhead, Four Arms, Cannonbolt, XLR8, Overflow, Wildvine, Stinkfly, Upgrade, Hex, Steam Smythe & Dr. Animo. These toys are recommended for children ages 4+ and cost around $8.99 each.

Along with the action figures, your kiddo may want the main vehicle seen in Cartoon Network’s new Ben 10 animated series, the Rustbucket, which is a 2-in-1 vehicle that transforms into a giant 3-level playset standing over 2 feet tall. The set features include an alien transformation chamber, plasma blaster, “alien-vator”, grabbing claw, alien lab and more. Now, the kids can get involved in pretend play between this playset and all the action figures. This vehicle costs $49.00 MSRP and suitable for ages 4 and up.

And, if your child wants to dress and act like all the heroes, why not present him with a Ben 10 Deluxe Omnitrix watch. Kids can turn the dial to choose an alien and press down on the dial to begin play.  Includes over 100 alien phrases and motion activated sound effects! This watch retails for $24.99.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The TMNT have made a comeback the last couple of years and still so popular. What kid wouldn’t want a Micro Mutants Deluxe Sweeper Ops Vehicle Playset? They can clean up the streets of New York City with this set that is two toys in one. With the deluxe spiral sweeper, kids can sweep up all of their Micro Mutants action figures and vehicles by rolling over them and transporting them into the Turtles holding jail! Once the trash is collected, transform the Sweeper vehicle into a multi-level Operational Headquarters playset designed with multiple levels of play and tons of play features to discover!  The Sweeper Ops Vehicle Playset includes three fully articulated micro action figures (Leonardo, Raphael and Shredder). This toy is suitable for ages 4+ and retails at $39.99.

++All toys are available at mass retailers

This is one of a series of gift guides I'm going to present. Keep checking this blog for more guides, holiday crafts, and more.
Until then -- Happy Parenting!

I want to thank Playmates Toys for the opportunity to view their products. I was not paid or coached to write this blog post. The information about the products was provided and these are my own opinions.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Healthy Foods for Halloween

  • Make Halloween Fun and Healthy  written by Tania Cowling

    Halloween is a fun holiday for both children and adults - but with all the candy and sweets, we sometimes end up with cavities, tummy aches, and very hyper children. There is a better way by incorporating healthy Halloween foods keeping with the festive theme. This article brings you ideas on what to pass out to the "trick or treaters" rather than sweets and a few ideas on fun party food to present at your gatherings.

  • What to Put in the Halloween Bag

    I wish we were in the day that we could bake and prepare food snacks for the children, slip the treats in baggies and place these in the "trick or treat" bag. But, let's be realistic, because of the fear of strangers and some unfortunate events, this is no longer a good thing. Instead, look for pre-packaged items that are healthy snacks and easier to hand out. Here is a list of some healthy Halloween foods for the bag.
    •  Raisins (preferably organic)thumbnail
    • Pre-packaged trail mix
    • Granola bars
    • Pre-packaged pretzels or chips (low-fat baked)
    • Animal cracker boxes
    • Fruit cups (they have these individually wrapped in the canned fruit aisle of your grocery store - look for fruit packed in its own juice)
    • 100-calorie packs of cookies (these are baked, low-fat, and only 100 calories)
    • Fruit leather (preferably organic, low sugar)
    • Juice boxes (preferably organic 100% juice)
    • Sugarless gum
    • Packages of sugar-free cocoa mix
    • Pre-packaged cheese and crackers
    • String cheese sticks
    • Peanuts in their shells
    • Pre-packaged bags of roasted pumpkin seeds
    Healthy Halloween Party Foods

  • Jack-o-Lantern Rice Cakes
    • Rice cakes
    • Whipped cream cheese
    • Red and yellow food coloring
    • Raisins or other dried fruit
    • Mini-pretzels (optional)
    1. Place cream cheese in a bowl and tint it orange using two drops of red food coloring and three drops of yellow. Mix thoroughly.
    2. Spread the orange cream cheese on the rice cake to make the pumpkin.
    3. Invite the children or participants to make jack-o-lantern faces using the raisins or dried fruit.
    4. Mini-pretzels (twisted ones) can be used to outline the eyes and nose if you wish.
  • Edible Eyeballs
    1. Slice peeled carrots into 1-inch thick chunks and top each with a dollop of whipped cream cheese (white). Place a pitted black olive in the center. Place these on a tray for a quick-bite appetizer.
    2. Since we are talk about fresh produce, purchase a veggie or fruit platter from your supermarket (or make your own) and prepare a black and orange dip to serve along. Think about a pumpkin dip, carrot dip, or black bean dip to bring in the Halloween colors.
      Stuff an Apple
      Apples are synonymous with fall and Halloween. Core each apple and scoop out the seeds and hard contents. Fill the apple with peanut butter, cream cheese or even a cheddar cheese spread. Top each apple with raisins and granola. Chill these in the refrigerator. Carefully slice the apple into wedges, or with small apples your guests may just want to bite in.
      Turn Oranges into Jack-o-LanternsOrange Pumpkin Fruit Cups 2987712098 6dbef401e8
      Cut off the top of an orange and carefully take out the inside sections. With a black marker, create a Jack-o-Lantern face on the rind. Take the orange sections and add other fruit chunks and fill up each orange to serve a fun fruit salad. Use green ribbon or pipe cleaners to make a stem.
      Pass out Ghoul Gloves
      You will need to purchase clear disposable gloves. Fill each glove with fresh popped popcorn (either plain or flavored with parmesan cheese or spices). Tie each glove shut with an orange or black ribbon.
      Make Halloween Shaped Sandwiches
      This is especially fun for the kids. Prepare your favorite sandwich and cut shapes into the bread with Halloween cookie cutters. Place these on a platter for cute finger sandwiches.
      It's not hard to create healthy Halloween foods - you just need some imagination. Think about adding adhesive Halloween stickers to your "trick or treat" handouts, and make sure your party table is adorned with Halloween trinkets and centerpieces to set the scene. Not only will you feel better about what you are handing out or serving, the other parents will thank you as well.
  • Sources:
  • Cooking with Kids: Recipes for Year-Round Fun by Tania Kourempis-Cowling [Fearon, 1999]
  • Personal Experience
  • My article was first published on
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      • Jack-o-Lantern Fruit Cups