Fresh Fall Allergy Hacks for Cornucopia Snack Crafts!

Here are some fun and fresh ways to remake the fall holiday treats for the little loves in your life!

A cornucopia of fruit or candies (I vote fruit of course; however…. some allergy friendly candies are some made by Yum Earth and Surf Sweets…and you’ll be avoiding artificial food dyes)

I couldn’t find the author of this image that is abundantly found on pinterest and other web linky places. But, thank you, whoever you are, for this ! Make this gluten free by using Let’s Do Organic Gluten Free Sugar Cones!

fruit in sugard coneHere is another cornucopia treat done by the craftpatch blog. You can soften the end of the cone with water to curl it up like a cornucopia. I imagine children having fun filling in their cornucopias as they explore new treats. For teachers and therapists looking to make it even more educational they could use initial letter cards to have children match to the fruit’s name… or scale it for literary development on several levels. Also, for non verbal children they could request each fruit using a picture of it. (You just can’t take the speech pathologist out of this food allergy mama). I’m also thinking a song adapted to familiar tunes using the fruit names or colors could make the handing out of the fruit fun.

 

cornucopia treathttp://thecraftpatch.blogspot.com/2011/11/thanksgiving-cornucopia-treats.html#.VGFXJFcwI0k

Another allergy friendly candy other than Yum Earth and Surf Sweets is Skittles (tons of fake stuff in them but easy to find at a store). I personally love http://www.indiecandies.com. They have top 11 allergy free candies that is seasonal and fun. Double bonus is that they are dye free and all natural.

Have fun snacking and crafting! What is your on your list for fun snacks for the upcoming holidays?

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Allergy Friendly Fruit Pumpkin Snack Craft

I’m excited about the fall! Little people are too! So let’s make them something fun, healthy, and delicious that targets their taste buds, fine motor skills and ability to follow simple directions. If you are a teacher or a caregiver or a mom or dad… you’ll find this simple snack craft to be a huge hit! (*Think* class party inclusive snack craft that is fun food for ALL(ergies)!  )  A series of fall focused snacks will be following shortly here and after I go to the Gluten Free Expo you can expect further inspiration! (You may want to check back at this blog soon or enroll your email in the box on the right for subscription because I get to do a ticket give away soon for the Gluten Free Expo!) pumpkinsnackcraft

Best ingredient list ever for busy snack planners :

      1. Seedless Clementines aka Cuties

2. Celery

*If celery is an allergy try substituting another green veggie like green bell pepper.

The great thing is this snack craft is done simply in advance also if this is just a “bring an allergy friendly goodie to class thing”.

You can let the children peel them for extra fine motor practice and fun or you can do it in advance. Chop up the little celery stalks to fit snugly in the center of the clementine with a little sticking over the top like a pumpkin stalk. I sliced them into 1.5 inch long slim strips. You may have to have more than one “pumpkin” per child if they are ravenous fruit eaters like the inhabitants here in Miss Watermelon’s world. I can’t complain about that though, right?!

What is your favorite allergy friendly fall treat?

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The Teal Pumpkin Project for an Allergy-Friendly Halloween

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AND .. THIS! This is wonderful awareness and inclusion for all the children out there! We will be doing this in our part to make it a safe and fun Halloween for all who come to our house.

I can just see Miss Watermelon’s face light up in my mind’s eye as we post the teal pumpkin poster FARE provided. I can foresee a time in  years to come when we see more and more of these on our little excursion in our neighborhood Halloween night!

Thank you, FARE!!

This Halloween, FARE is encouraging food allergy families to start a new tradition: painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on your porch as a sign to other families managing food allergies that you have non-food treats available at your home. Your teal pumpkin is also a way to raise awareness in your neighborhood about food allergies!

Purchasing inexpensive non-food treats to hand out is a great way to include all children in trick-or-treating, and we hope that the Teal Pumpkin Project will be a tradition for years to come.

Examples of non-food items include: glow bracelets or necklaces, pencils, markers, boxes of crayons, erasers, bubbles, stamps, mini Slinkies, whistles or noisemakers, bouncy balls, coins, spider rings, vampire teeth, mini notepads, playing cards, bookmarks, stickers, and stencils. Oriental Trading is a website used by many parents to order these items.

Print out FARE’s teal pumpkin poster to post next to…

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