I knew from the beginning that I would be really involved in Kaitlyn's kindergarten classroom. Although I trust the nurse and nurse's assistant to take care of Kaitlyn's health needs while I'm not there, it just pays to be involved -- especially when it comes to Halloween parties and other food-related celebrations.
In my experience so far, the parents and teachers at school have been really great about insisting on healthy alternatives to go along with holidays and birthday celebrations. A lot of teachers at the school insist that kids bring only nonedible treats for their birthdays. One suggested that the birthday boy or girl donate a book to the classroom with a special inscription inside.
The nice thing about being really involved in the classroom is that you get to help decide what treats do get served at a class party! This year I'm going to be involved with Kaitlyn's class Halloween celebration. We'll be doing some kind of craft, but we'll have some treats as well. I'm still trying to decide what to make, but these are some of my favorite Halloween snacks I've made in recent years:
1. Popcorn in a Glove. Buy a box of clear or white surgical gloves and fill each one with popped popcorn. If you want, you can stick one slivered almond at the end of each finger before you fill it with popcorn to make it look like a fingernail.
2. Cracker Sandwich Spiders. Take two round crackers and put peanut butter (or cream cheese) on them to make a sandwich. Push eight pretzel sticks into the peanut butter, so they stick out like spider legs. Use a dab of peanut butter to add raisins, chocolate chips, or cereal for eyes.
3. Pumpkin Muffins. I love pumpkin just about any way you can cook it. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, even pumpkin soup! The kids devour the muffins, and they're a little bit healthier than candy.
4. Halloween Mix. My kids love a good mixture of some of their favorite snacks—pretzels, cereal, nuts, raisins, etc.
5. Cheese Pumpkins. Use a pumpkin cookie cutter to cut a pumpkin shape in a slice of cheddar cheese, and decorate the face with olives or raisins.
Here's to healthier snacks for the classroom! Have fun!
About the author: My name is Kim. My daughter Kaitlyn (the third of our five children) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just a few years after my nephew James was diagnosed with the same disease. I'm excited to pair up with my sister-in-law, Jen, to share our story with you!
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring. Jen and Kim are real moms of kids with type 1 diabetes and have been compensated for their contributions to this site.