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The words “Back-to-School” certainly do bring out quite a varied array of reactions. We have one friend who absolutely can’t stand the thought of her kids going back in the fall and not getting to spend long days with them. We have another friend who swears she is going to try to find some type of early-start school for one of her kids because by the end of summer he makes her crazy! 🙂
This year we have very mixed emotions. We love the “lazy” days of summer. Well, we both have three kids so “lazy” might not quite be the right word, but we do love that things don’t feel so rushed all of the time with not enough hours in the day. However, we were both granted professional leaves by our district this year so that we can work full time on The Curriculum Corner. (YAY!!!!!!!) So for that reason, we are also very ready for back-to-school so that we get more time to create new resources – which is our passion.
Though we are fortunate to be working from home this year, we know all too well how hard the last few weeks of summer and first few weeks of school can be for teachers who have kids of their own. While other parents are scrambling to make it to Meet the Teacher nights or back to school socials, arrange for before & after school care, dealing with transportation details and buying school supplies, those of us who are also teachers get to do all of those same things for our own kids AND for our new students. Double duty! Not to mention all those days in the classroom before school starts to set it up and get it ready for a new school year.
That is why we felt very connected to this opportunity provided by #CollectiveBias to share a creative, easy and fun idea for feeding your kids. (And you know us… we also loved another opportunity to share FREE resources!) As educators “back-t0-school” means making life as easy as possible for yourselves, but still trying to make your own children’s final days of summer and first days of school memorable and fun.
In honor of this time of year, we recently got our families together for some Jack’s grilled pizza and a fun Fruit Kabob Bar. #FoodMadeSimple is the name of the game in your lives right now, right? Well here is not only an idea to do just that, but some fun things to print off for your kids to do while they wait.
First for the food. We stopped by our local Walmart Neighborhood Market to pick up a few Jack’s pizzas and the ingredients for our bar. Do you have one of these smaller Walmarts near you? Ours just opened last year, it’s conveniently located down the street from our houses and we are constantly stopping to do grocery shopping there.
And here’s an idea…why not take a Jack’s frozen pizza and do something a little different. Cook it on the grill instead of the oven! We love this idea for two reasons. First, we aren’t fans of using our ovens in the summer. You can keep the heat outside where it should be. Secondly, we really like what the grill does for pizza crust. Try it! It’s really good! (The smile on Grant’s face is your proof…. he is the pickiest eater in the world!)
To pair with the pizza and make things a little more fun, put out some fresh fruit and sticks and let the kids make their own fruit kab0bs. You can add some yummy things like mini-marshmallows, angel food cake, chocolate syrup and candied coconut to give your Kab0b Bar a little more flare! Let them have fun and enjoy their own creation.
While the pizza is cooking and the kabob bar is being set up, keep your kids entertained. We created this placemat for smaller children – or even older ones who just like to color. PIZZA PLACEMAT
T0 squeeze in a little of that important math fact practice, we created these two games. We know that as working moms it can be difficult to find the time to help your kiddos get their facts memorized – let your kids practice as you cook with these fun games! All you will need is a die and some markers.
For other fun Back-to-School food ideas from Nestle check out these great websites:
Got any ideas to help all of us Back-to-School moms/teachers make our lives a little easier during this busy time of year? Share yours with us so we all make it through the next month!