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?

Exhibit A: Fruit Kabobs!

Here it is. The first snack craft of the fall.

Or,
this could be the first alternative you have found to offer for your child with food allergies when everyone else is having shortcake on a stick or something non allergy friendly.

That is after all how I found myself thinking up this yummy Snaaaaaack Craaaaaaft.

Some shout snack craft like one on the top of the Himalayas with pride and with a flourish!

Some whisper it like revealing an exciting secret.

And then we have what I recall as a lovely nasal whine reminiscent of those from Cranston, Rhode Island. My local Rhode Island friends would knowingly say – ” that is the CRaaaaaaaaNNston whiiiine” . Some may not think it lovely. But I love all you Rhode Island types and wicked awesome accents. Heh, heh.

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Okay, so not EVERY camp/school should hand their wee ones pointy stick objects….so – take it down a notch if we must and do this on a disposable straw.

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You might just save someone’s eye and your job. “Common sense” must rule over our “snack crafts” as much as one can put those two together in a sentence. ‘Cause usually they are there just for fun.

I could do that step by step picture blog here and then the voila one like you see on Pinterest all the time. We don’t really have time for that though, right?! because we have SNAAAAAAACK CRAAAAAAFTS to make !

Okay here is the skinny on cool developmental things to do with this craft. I’m a speech pathologist, and I can’t help but look at most crafts as an enriching opportunity for language or other developmental nuggets…(we are always keeping mind the ages of the kabob makers and connoisseurs)

Language: labeling, following directions, requesting
Fine Motor: I’m not an occupational therapist so I don’t recall all the cool lingo and grasp; ( chime in OT friends!!) however this uses the little muscles in fingers and hands and could be great for concentration! They could wash and help prepare the fruits

    this can be a long or short

snaaaaack craaaaft.
General: sequencing, patterns ( this is great for early cognitive and reading skills); amp it up with one to one correspondence to copy a picture of alternating fruit…and you’ve also hit on some early math sparks.
PLUS
This is healthy and it is real food!!!

Recipe:
Fruit ( shown are bananas and strawberries)
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips ( microwaved and stirred and drizzled) you have to use this brand if you want it to be dairy,sesame,gluten and nut free etc
Kabob sticks ( older less sword fighting snackers)or straws ( for sword fighting snackers like my little dude)

Tips: fruit allergies can happen-so know your allergic diners well and ask “Mama” or “Papa”  a week  in advance and she will know you are an Amazing Wicked Awesome Snaaaaaaack Craaaaaaft Maven. You can do it!

And now here is the question…. What  recipe/snack craft is before you that you are scratching your head about? Chime in with a comment /question and I’ll help if I can!

Kids with food allergies can have fun with food too?!

YES! While my eldest child will not complain to receive some of her favorite treats in lieu of building with pretzels, gummies and frosting…there is something to be said for making a way for her to participate in these fun snack shenanigans!

The goal of this blog is to be a blessing and resource to other moms and caregivers looking to provide allergy friendly and fun snacks for children with food allergies and sensitivities.

Have your kids with allergies been to Mother’s Day Out, Preschool, Camp, VBS?

Have these places ever offered creative snack crafts that your child couldn’t eat?

Have you ever wanted to provide them the same fun and sensory experience the activity provided but in a safer way?

Or maybe you’re a teacher or someone planning these type activities ..is there a way to make if fun, safe and inclusive for everyone?

I have been in both of these situations. It wasn’t until I walked a mile in my “Momma shoes” that started to wonder if my time, research and ideas could be a help to others. My daughter, “Miss Watermelon” began preschool with her food allergies to egg and sesame when she was three. I learned to dread snack crafts!!! I had a learning curve of managing food and life with a non top 8 allergy ( sesame). In addition, I’m admittedly an earth muffin-y mom who wants my kids to know and appreciate real food without tons of sugar, processing, and artificial colors. While that is my lean, ultimately I will send my kiddo with allergy friendly marshmallows when duty calls! All in the name of FUN FOOD FOR ALL(ergies) !

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Meet Miss Watermelon -she is in charge of quality control for allergy friendly snacks and food fun around here.