Every mom knows that with Birthday's come birthday treats for class. I always hear of the treats that my boy gets because of another birthday. I don't know about you but I don't want to fill up little tummies with more artificial dyes and Sugar! However, I don't want my son to bring something that all the kids wont eat and/or like! After searching the internet I found a cute idea of butterfly snacks!
I thought it would be fun to put fruit in the wings of the butterfly to make this a cute AND healthy treat! Also, I wanted to keep the cost down so instead of buying clothespins I simply tied the bags together with a pipe cleaner!
What I did was divide the fruit somewhat equally on each side of a snack bag. The fruit I used was grapes, blueberries, and mandarin oranges but you can do any mixture of what you have on hand or what's in season.
Then you simply fold a pipe cleaner in half twist it and then bend it back up.
Twist the pipe cleaner at the top of the bag and bend like ears.
Next, I drew butterfly bodies on a plain sheet of scrapbook paper and Brenden drew a different face on each of them. Brenden was very excited to bring the butterflies to school to show off all of the different faces he made up!
After you cut out the bodies, you just hot glue the paper bodies to the pipe cleaners.
I also wrote "Happy B-day Brenden" on every body.
There you have it! A healthy snack for your child's class that their teacher will thank you for bringing in! And for what it's worth, my son told me his first grade class loved the treat!
I also wanted to show you what Kiki and I made for Brenden. I got out my trusty large roll of paper and we made a fun poster size sign to surprise Brenden when he woke up on his birthday. I looked up some of his favorite characters and printed out coloring pages of them. Kiki colored them and I cut them out. Then we glued them into a large city scene with a billboard the said "Brenden Dean is seven years old!" We also added a cake because Kiki LOVES to color cakes!!!
Instead of planning a party, we stayed the weekend at a hotel in the area with an indoor swimming pool! My kids LOVE hotels and pools so this was the perfect thing to do to make Brenden's birthday special. What was even better was that the hotel didn't mind us inviting guests to swim with us!
Below is a picture of Brenden, holding up seven fingers, in the pool area. This was an awesome pool because it was half indoor and half outdoor! You could swim under the wall and be outside! It did make the water a little colder than we would have wanted but it was so much fun!
Another milestone we hit while staying in the hotel was our little Garren turned seven months.
Here is a picture of my seven year old holding my seven month old.
Lastly, I am so proud of Brenden. On his actual birthday he accomplished a goal he had been working on for a while now. At Gymnastics class he climbed the rope ALL THE WAY to the top and rang the bell. Before this he would always stop halfway at the knot. I wish I knew exactly how high this rope goes... if you can't tell in the video below, it's pretty high!
Here's to new years and accomplishing goals!