A Day in the Life of a Preschool Teacher
I realize that not all preschools are able to celebrate holidays. My school has been able to for the past four years, so I go with it and have as much fun as I can :) I think that holidays can be stressful for adults, with so much going on, but I have found a solution that makes my life as a preschool teacher so much easier: Pretend I am a kid again! This always works, and even when things get busy or overwhelming I just try to look at the day through the eyes of a four year-old. And it all seems fun and magical again!
Dress Up with Your Kids!
My best friend is an amazing seamstress and (with a Halloween birthday myself) I asked her to make me a "preschool costume" as my gift a few years back. Each year I dress up as Cinderella, and my kids just LOVE it. It makes the day so much less stressful, and much more fun, to actually partake in the celebration in the same way the kids do!
Make them "Homemade" Treats
I also find that the kids behavior is much more mellow if we have one homemade treat, instead of any store-bought treats to celebrate. I go all out and make my famous Sugar Cookies (which you can sweeten with banana or applesauce if you want instead of sugar). We have one cookie as a part of a substantial/healthy Halloween snack.
Make Halloween Food All Week!
My preschoolers didn't ask for candy or any type of Halloween treat all week because we were having a great time with healthy snacks and lunches that still had a Halloween theme :)
I love making food fun at my preschool! While making snacks and lunches that are healthy and appetizing for kids can be time consuming (and sometimes stressful when they don't want to eat it), I think it is very important. The more creative I can get, the more fun I seem to have. AND, the more the kids want to try it.
I spent a lot of time searching for fun ideas to use for snacks and lunches this year. Here are a few photos of things the kids enjoyed:
Monster Cheese Balls. Get the low-down about making them HERE!
Let the kids make jack-o-lanters on their Hamburgers :) Orange sweet-potatoe fries are yummy too!
There are little Halloween themed cupcake sticks everywhere. I found these at Target and they were very fun to put on our apple/ham/cheese wraps.
Any time the kids can make their food-the better! They got to wrap their high-quality sausage dogs up like little mummies! Too cute :)
Simpel and sweet: Cutie orange with a cucumber slice for a stem.
Let the kids turn their cheese slices into fun halloween shapes with mini cookie cutters.
Pumpkin muffins! Yumm.
Dried fruit eyeballs are silly and tasty!
The one sweet treat we had were homemade sugar cookies shaped like bats and pumpkins!
Our final halloween lunch was my personal fave: Tomato soup, egg eyeballs, pumpkin shaped grilled cheese, and a ghost banana. A raisin makes that great mouth!