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Judah is going back to school in a few weeks and I am about to start freaking out. This year is a pretty big step for him – he is starting kindergarten! He was in preschool for the past two years, so he is familiar with the educational environment, but oh my goodness – he’s a school kid now! I’m excited and scared at the same time, but the excitement is taking over because I’m a sucker for cute back to school crafts. One of my favorite ways to make the first days of school special is to whip up cute lunch box crafts – nothing big, just something small that says “hooray!” and (hopefully) lets him know I’m thinking about him as he embarks on this adventure. Judah adores fruit, so with the help of Mott’s® Applesauce I set out to make him this cute lunchbox snack pack for the first day! I even made some fabulous printables that you can download and print out for yourself!
I have always packed Judah’s lunches, and I plan on continuing for at least a few more years. I know that the school lunch program has come a long way since I was in school, but I am still not 100% comfortable sending him off to make nutritional choices for himself. Plus, they don’t exactly have a vegetarian friendly meal plan out there (yet). Being a vegetarian household means that we have to be very careful balancing the kids meals and I always make sure that they have a hefty serving of fruits, veggies and proteins. One of the problems I face with sending his lunch to school is with the fresh fruit. I can’t send him off with a knife to cut things like apples, and I’m sure he would bang up any whole fruits I sent before the lunch bell even rang. I can’t not include fruit, but I need to get a little creative, so I decided to grab a few easy options like Mott’s Applesauce and Apple Juice while I was checking out last minute supplies at Dollar General.
Now, lets talk about how to make these snack packs, shall we? To make these you will need Mott’s® Applesauce, a pack of crayons, a clear treat bag, some scissors, a spoon and a small toy/ruler/stencil (whatever you want).
You will also need this printable. To print it out, click on the image and it will take you to a page you can print from.
Once you have your cute graphics printed out, wrap up some crayons with washi tape and add them to your bag along with one of the applesauce cups. Next, punch a hole in your printed graphic, string it onto your ribbon and tie it around your bag.
I don’t know about you, but I think that is just adorable! If you don’t pack lunches or don’t want to use these in a lunch box they also make great classmate gifts, party favors, or breakfast surprises before you head out to the first day of school! You can find these at your local Dollar General on the back to school display, and if you purchase between now and August 23rd, you can get Mott’s® Applesauce for $2.25 and Mott’s® Apple Juice for $2.00 How great is that? I’m a big fan of saving money, and since we have a classroom supply list a mile long, every little bit helps!
So, now that you have a cute applesauce treat bag idea, what would you put in yours?