The crisp air and the crunch of leaves underfoot can only mean one thing: school season is in full swing. For little ones hopping off to the classroom, being prepared is key to success…and who says it can’t be fun as well? This month’s blog has snacks and crafts to keep youngsters in the school spirit. Don’t forget to show off your creations on Instagram and Facebook.
Miffy Pencil Holder
Common household objects become desk decorations with our DIY pencil holder! This Miffy-inspired container will keep school supplies looking organized and cute. Follow our directions or add your own artistic twist.
- 8oz plastic or paper cup
- White craft paint
- Popsicle sticks
- Pipe cleaners (optional)
- Glue or tape
- With adult aid, cut about half an inch off the top of the cup, including the rim.
- Attaching with tape or glue, secure popsicle sticks vertically around the cup. Continue until about half the cup is covered.
- Paint the popsicle sticks using the white craft paint.
- Allow paint to dry.
- Using a black marker, draw Miffy’s eyes and mouth onto the painted popsicle stick façade.
- Optional: Bend both pipe cleaners into oval shapes. These will serve as Miffy’s ears.
- Optional: Using glue or tape, secure the ears to the inside of the cup so that they line up with Miffy’s eyes and mouth.
- Place some pencils or writing utensils in your new masterpiece!
Snack-tivity: Cereal Bars
Buses and breakfast and book bags, oh my! School mornings can be a rush, and these healthy cereal bars are the perfect choice for a grab-and-go morning meal. Full of hearty bran flakes, nuts, and dried fruit, they provide lasting energy throughout the day.
- 1/2 cup peanut butter or alternative nut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 3 cups healthy cereal, such as bran flakes or granola
- Nuts (optional)
- Dried fruit (optional)
- Over low heat, stir the peanut butter and honey until they mix and reach a paste-like consistency. Alternatively, heat the mixture in a microwave-safe bowl for 45 seconds or as needed.
- Mix in the dry cereal, adding nuts or dried fruit as desired.
- Pour the mixture into a baking pan lined with parchment paper, pressing down to form a compact sheet.
- Refrigerate for an hour.
- Cut the cereal bars into squares and refrigerate until eaten.
*Recipe should be completed with adult aid and supervision