The scattered thoughts and daily rants of a Northwest stay at home mom,
severely outnumbered in a house full of boys.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Silly-Face Applesauce Cups
Big-Bug is turning six this week (how did that happen?!) and so I have been spending a fair amount of time trying to think up an appropriate snack time treat to bring to his classroom on Friday. His teacher has specifically requested NO cupcakes and no cakes. She says anything with frosting is super messy in a room full of kindergartners (and lets not forget the sugar coma that usually follows!) Additionally, the school district now requires ALL snacks to be store bought and packaged. I can understand the reasoning here, but it definitely puts additional limitations on snack ideas! When I asked Big-Bug for birthday snack suggestions, he asked to take yogurt cups for all his friends. I was hesitant to go the yogurt route since it needs to be kept in a refrigerator, so I suggested applesauce cups instead. Applesauce cups are a big deal around here because I usually just buy the big tub or make it myself in the crock pot and serve it in bowls. Big-Bug thought this was a great snack idea, so I set to work trying to make the snack presentation "fun!"
A friend of mine had shared a cute snack idea with me that she found on pinterest where a woman had created a robot using applesauce cups, juice boxes, raisins and pretzel rods. The robot were super cute, but a little too elaborate for our needs. I know snack time in Big-Bug's class is limited, and his teacher has told us that snack items need to be easy for the kids to manage on their own, so deconstructing a robot and opening multiple boxes/packages/straws seemed like a little much :)
Instead I took the idea of an applesauce cup head and adapted it to make silly-face applesauce cups. All it took was a permanent marker, wiggly eyes and a hot glue gun! Once I decorated all 24 applesauce cups, I glued a clear plastic casserole lid to a cake board and then stacked the applesauce cups inside. I decorated the tray with some curled ribbon to make it festive and cut six candles out of paper to glue to the back of the tray. I attached a small paper sign to a box of plastic spoons and then topped the box with more ribbon. Overall, I am pretty happy with the end result, and I can't wait to surprise my birthday boy in class this week!