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Allergy-Free Clementine “Pumpkin” School Snack

Clementine_Pumpkins_TitleIt was our week to bring the snack for Little E’s preschool class. It was also two days into fall. Because of this, I decided to do a fall-themed pumpkin treat. I wanted to make something that was a little cute and creative to take in, but I also wanted to be mindful of some allergy concerns that a few of the children in E’s class have. I wanted to make a healthy and allergy-free snack and Little E loves fruit, so clementine “pumpkins” were ideal. Plus, they are really easy to make. 

All you need are a bag of clementines (oranges will also work for this snack, but clementines are easier to peel) and some celery stalks. Peel all of the clementines that you need for the number of kids in the class. Once you have peeled all of the clementines you will need to cut the celery stalks into approximately three-inch sections. You need one section for each clementine. Push the section into the center of the clementine to make the pumpkin’s stem.

Clementine_Pumpkins2After creating the clementine pumpkin, put it in one of those fold-over flap sandwich bags. For this snack, I tied the bags with a ribbon printed with “Welcome Fall.” I also added a small bag of gummy pumpkins to the bag with the clementines.

Clementine_Pumpkins3This is an adorable fall snack or even to use for a fall or harvest party. Plus, the ribbons can later be used as a bookmark. You will want to be sure that if you prepare these pumpkins the night before to put them in the refrigerator so that they don’t go bad overnight. I just put all of the bags into a shoebox to not only keep them together but so that they were easy for E to carry into school!

What clever fall class snack ideas do you have?

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