“You’re one of “Those Moms”, someone once told me. At first… I was really offend! I carried the echo of that statement with me all day. But it all changed when I picked up my son from school. The smile on his face, and the proud “Thank You” hug he gave me, MADE IT WORTH IT!
The night prior I stayed up an extra hour to specifically cut out labels for these so called “Over Achiever Mom Snacks”. But DARN IT, I wanted them to look nice! Not for me, but for that smile on my 4 year old! HE was the reason I did it. He was so proud to take a snack that HE PICKED OUT, and share it with some of his favorite people.
I do want to say, I understand that not all mom’s have the time, or the patience to create DIY School Snacks.. with all the labels, and crafty-ness. And that is TOTALLY FINE TOO! By just being a MOM, makes you automatically enough! I want it to be clear I’m not Mom Shaming because being a mom is hard enough!
So I saved up all of his snacks from the previous year, so that I could share them with you all!
Let me start off by explaining, I would scroll through Pinterest and pin about 5 ideas for his upcoming snack day. Then HE would pick out which ones he liked most! We would go shopping together specifically for the supplies, and often times he helped me create them! It was such a fun activity that he really looked forward to!
FALL SNACK (BACK TO SCHOOL)
These sailboats were a HUGE hit because what kiddo doesn’t love jello and “cutie” oranges!?My son goes to a school that has the theme of “Under the Sea”, So we tried to pick ideas that had something to do with sea life. (For the most part!) I was excited to use the play on words with “Fish”. I actually put Nemo Fruit-snacks inside, however the jello was such a vibrant blue that you couldn’t see them very much! But overall I think they are adorable.
i knew that popcorn was a huge hit with the kids. so i kept this one simple. popcorn filled snowmen!!! With “Melted Snowman water bottles”, who could go wrong? I just cut out the noses with orange construction paper, and everything else was colored on with marker and crayon!
These were probably my favorite snacks! I looved how stinkin’ cute these turned out! I filled them with reindeer trail mix. (PRETZELS, m&m’s, RAISINS, marshmallows and popcorn). These were super easy with some cardstock and a red glitter glue!
easter party snacks
The easter party treats were loved by many! we had bunny filled popcorn cups, as well as peach & Pear fruit combo CHICKS. The BUNNY’S took longer than i expected STRICTLY because of the cutting. -no biggie! The chicks were super easy peasy! just a little bit of PERMANENT marker, and you have these adorable feathered friends.
these adorable and colorful bugs were simple to make! the butterflies are just twist wrapped in the center and clipped with a clothespin covered with washi tape. I also twisted 2 complimentary colored pipe cleaners together to create a dimensional antenna. the lady bugs were even easier! with some permanent marker spots, a construction paper head, all that was left to add were the sweet pipe cleaner antennas and GOOGLY eyes. how cute are they??
Over all I really think that these snacks were a huge hit!! Everyone had smiles and 13 happy bellies! I made sure to steer away from most allergies, and truly allowed for my preschooler to add his own touches. At the end of the day I know that it may look like a lot of work, but in truth I at most spent a total of 1 1/2 hours each on these.
It is bitter sweet when a little one goes to school, even more-so when that little one is your first! It was a huge milestone for him, and I can’t think of a more special way to help him see how proud I am of him, than by creating these fun snacks together. He could see that I spent time, and creative juices to create something fun and special for him. I would do it again in a heart beat! (Even when the labels come out) I’m one proud Momma and I am eager to see what this school year will bring!