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So Friday we received a letter from our sons teacher. Every day they will have a mid morning snack. And the 28th is his day to bring snacks. We can not bring any thing loaded with sugar, perishable, or anything that has to be eaten with utensils. I'm needing ideas because the only thing I can come up with is crackers which I'm sure most of the parents will bring, anyway.Oh...its needs to be enough for 22 students<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
ETA: It has to be store bought. It is against school policy (for health reasons) to bring homemade items to distribute.
 

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I saw this too late for your turn this month, but I figure you'll probably have a turn each month, given the size of your child's class.<br><br>
I used to teach and for a while the state required that even birthday treats meet the restrictions you mentioned. One of my students brought in low sugar mini muffins his parents had gotten and all the kids LOVED them! I think they came from Wal-Mart or a mainstream grocery store.<br><br>
If the treats can have natural sugars, from fruits, Stretch Island Fruit Sancks come in a big box at Costco. They are all fruit "fruit roll ups."<br><br>
Right now that's all I can think of!<br><br>
At the school where I taught we shared snacks for a year, but with all the restrictions it got too hard so we switched to having the students bring their own snacks. That was a lot easier for both parents and teachers!
 

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raisins<br>
baby carrots<br>
string cheese... big hit<br>
Tillamook makes one ounce cheese packages. (about .50c each)<br>
dried mango cheeks<br>
dried apple slices<br>
dried fruit in general<br>
mini muffins<br><br>
Mini bagels and a cream cheese pod.<br><br><br><br><br>
If you have your state food handler's card, YOU CAN bring in stuff you "processed" at home. slice and bag it at home.<br>
sliced apply and oranges.. to a total of half a fruit in each bag. (oranges cut the browning of the apple.)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I saw this too late for your turn this month, but I figure you'll probably have a turn each month, given the size of your child's class.<br><br>
I used to teach and for a while the state required that even birthday treats meet the restrictions you mentioned. One of my students brought in low sugar mini muffins his parents had gotten and all the kids LOVED them! I think they came from Wal-Mart or a mainstream grocery store.<br><br>
If the treats can have natural sugars, from fruits, Stretch Island Fruit Sancks come in a big box at Costco. They are all fruit "fruit roll ups."<br><br>
Right now that's all I can think of!<br><br>
At the school where I taught we shared snacks for a year, but with all the restrictions it got too hard so we switched to having the students bring their own snacks. That was a lot easier for both parents and teachers!</div>
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No, I'm not too late, its actually the 28th of Sept, sorry I should've been more specific<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><br>
ok, so fruit snacks made with fruit juice is ok...i like that idea..<br>
Boobybunny (why do I think I've heard that before??lol).no ma'am no food handlers card here...all I know it is against school policy. this was in written form in a letter AND in the handbook.<br>
Love the dried fruit idea, too...<br>
I'm also thinking of cereal...honey nut chex or cheerios...something like that...I just want something Diff I can take every month, kwim? Thanks for the ideas ladies..! Jotting them down!
 

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Careful with the dried fruit -- choking hazard. Same with popcorn.<br><br>
Cereal that is easy to grab -- Like Cheerios or Chex.<br><br>
No or low salt pretzel rods. Also easy to hold.<br><br>
Container of Sabra hummus with bags of Toufayan mini pitas.<br><br>
Applesauce.<br><br>
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I think you are correct saying most parents will bring crackers - I did too.<br>
When my kids were in a toddler group for two-year-olds I took the following throughout the year:<br><br>
Kashi Mighty Bites cereal (my kids love it!)<br><br>
Annie's chocolate, cinnamon, & white cheddar bunny crackers<br><br>
Healthy Handfuls koala cookies (I bought the Python pretzels but was afraid they may be a choking hazard, plus my kids didn’t like them. So, I was forced to eat them all.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )
 

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What about: pretzels, grapes, blueberries, bananas, mini rice cakes, bread, dried apricots, pr sugar snap peas (you can get them prewashed in a package like baby carrots)?
 

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I always bring cheese sticks and apple slices (I bring the apples and a slicer and slice them right at snack time so they don't get brown). In a pinch, if I've forgotten to buy apples and we're out, I bring raisins. I avoided crackers last year because we had a peanut allergic kid in our class and I didn't feel like researching which out of 10,000 different brands were actually 100% peanut free. So I stuck to stuff with no chance of contamination.<br><br>
Other stuff that could work: Grapes, yogurt tubes (no utensils, but these do have sugar added), pita wedges with hummus, and carrot sticks.<br><br>
Why can't you bring perishables if the snack is for mid-morning? It's not like anything you bring is going to go bad from sitting in a bag for an hour and a half, especially if you use a cooler bag.
 

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Annies Bunnies are processed at a peanut plant if there is an allergy.<br><br>
Goldfish are not and I am pretty sure we did Wheat Thins last time DN (has a severe peanut allergy) was here. Also hummus is good but has sesame in it. I took ranch dip and mini carrots to DDs class.<br><br>
Just don't do what some mom of a girl in my DD's class did - bring Trix yogurt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
Oh, and I just wanted to add allergy info just in case. There seem to be a lot of allergies out there.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Also might be a good idea to double check that there are no food allergies involved.</div>
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Our school is so great. The day we got the schedule, they sent a form for the parents to fill out about food allergies for their child...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Annies Bunnies are processed at a peanut plant if there is an allergy.<br><br>
Goldfish are not and I am pretty sure we did Wheat Thins last time DN (has a severe peanut allergy) was here. Also hummus is good but has sesame in it. I took ranch dip and mini carrots to DDs class.<br><br>
Just don't do what some mom of a girl in my DD's class did - bring Trix yogurt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
Oh, and I just wanted to add allergy info just in case. There seem to be a lot of allergies out there.</div>
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Yogurt would be considered perishable since it has to be refrigerated, therefore not allowed anyway
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I always bring cheese sticks and apple slices (I bring the apples and a slicer and slice them right at snack time so they don't get brown). In a pinch, if I've forgotten to buy apples and we're out, I bring raisins. I avoided crackers last year because we had a peanut allergic kid in our class and I didn't feel like researching which out of 10,000 different brands were actually 100% peanut free. So I stuck to stuff with no chance of contamination.<br><br>
Other stuff that could work: Grapes, yogurt tubes (no utensils, but these do have sugar added), pita wedges with hummus, and carrot sticks.<br><br>
Why can't you bring perishables if the snack is for mid-morning? It's not like anything you bring is going to go bad from sitting in a bag for an hour and a half, especially if you use a cooler bag.</div>
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I'm not sure, thats just what the letter said. I'm sure its just a pre caution even if it is mid morning. Luckily I live right across the street from the school(about 10feet lol) so maybe they will let me bring something if I bring it right at snack time??
 

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thanks for the choking hazard heads up everyone!!! I didn't even think of that!
 

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We've brought whole wheat pizza dough sticks and sauce, along with fruit. They kids ate all the dough sticks -- a nice change after crackers, I think.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We've brought whole wheat pizza dough sticks and sauce, along with fruit. They kids ate all the dough sticks -- a nice change after crackers, I think.</div>
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Not sure what those are??<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:
 

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But those would have to be prepared at home, though right?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes. I just bake them in the morning and bring them to school. They taste fine at room temp.</div>
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No can do...nothing can be "prepared" at home. <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Nothing</span>.
 
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