Can you believe that summer is blowing by so fast and that some kids are heading back to school next month? After planning vacations, summer camps, weekend getaways, and activities just to keep the kids out of trouble during their hiatus from school most parents are worn out. Now we have to focus on getting them prepared for the upcoming school year. On top of that stress, we still have to maintain our households, businesses, and busy schedules. We need time to relax and unwind too, but unfortunately we don’t get months off for vacation (wishful thing, I know). However, we do get to enjoy more time with our kids. My oldest is about to start VPK full time in a couple of weeks and I want him to be excited about going back to school. When I pick him up from school at the end of the day I always have a snack for him. I usually just have his food in a plastic sandwich bag, but these DIY lunch sacks are perfect to give him something to look forward to at the end of the day.
Whenever my sons and I do arts and crafts project we always need a snack. I’m not sure why, but that’s the way it’s always been. I love snacking on fruit, like in this recipe, so who am I to question it? For this project we chose to make fruit freeze pops with Tampico. I like Tampico because of its value price and the many flavors available to choose from. The blended fruit flavor I chose this time was Island Punch which includes pineapple, banana and orange.
To make the freeze pops I cut up strawberries and fresh pineapple. Placed the fruit into bathroom-sized cups, poured in Tampico, placed a straw in the middle, and then put them in the freezer. The straw is just in case the freeze pops start to melt before they finish them. They can just drink the juice right out of the cup with no problem.
I asked my sons what animals they wanted to make. My oldest has been fascinated with cheetahs for the past few months, so he wanted to make a cheetah DIY lunch sack. When I asked my youngest which animal he wanted to make he said blue and then green, so I chose to help him make a frog.
I cut out the animal shapes and folded down the top of a brown lunch sack. I gave my oldest the glue so he could make his cheetah. He really enjoyed gluing on the spots and the whiskers. Of course I had to help my two year old put glue on the back of the cutouts, but he help place them on the bag.
They enjoyed the Tampico beverage freeze pops and eating crackers out of their bags after we finished.
How do you get your kids excited about going back to school? If they’re having a little trouble getting back into the swing of things, maybe this after school routine chart printable can help.