The title of this post may be misleading. You might think it is a western themed birthday but, it is not. This post is about back to school! Yes, cactus cookies for back to school. I am not crazy so just “stick” with me for a minute. When my kids were in school, I loved the summertime as much, if not more, then they did. We could ditch the routines, sleep late, stay out late playing flashlight tag, and camp anytime we wanted. The only rule was have fun!
When Fall rolled around and school started we were excited. My kids loved school and I loved their teachers. The only thing I didn’t love was the same old routine! No matter how hard we tried, it seamed we always ended up “stuck” in the same old, same old, same old routine. ”Don’t Get Stuck!” I have a plan!
I wish Pinterest was around back when my kids were small because, it is full of cleaver and creative ideas. As I was
drooling looking at all the beautiful photos the other night, I got an idea. I want to share it with you as soon as I show you how to make these cute cactus cookies. Break that dull boring routine of homework, practice, lessons, laundry, homework, practice, lessons, and laundry! Well, you get the idea! But first the cookies.
Then, you will need to work fast, make the lines on the cactus with the same green icing. While it is wet, sprinkle with sugar. All done! Wasn’t that simple? Here is the really fun part! Make an “Activity Jar” with each of your kids. Fill them with ideas of fun things to do, You can make one for each season so it is weather appropriate. For example, in the fall you can rake and jump into leaves. In the spring, you can fly a kit or go for a bike ride. In the winter, you can build a snowman. On a rainy day you can play a board game. The idea is, don’t get stuck in the same old routine! This will help you and your kids plan some activities to keep things exciting and fun. The good thing is each child will get a turn to do something they want to do!
Make some kind of tag so each child will know which container is theirs. Have them help you cut some pretty paper into strips and write fun activities on the tags and drop them into their jar. One day a week you can let them pick an activity. There you go! You are officially free from being “Stuck in a RUT!”