Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Spring Lunches

It always sounds very simple and border line silly when I explain it.
But the one thing that I can't explain to you is how excited my students always get for this.
It's ridiculous actually. You are going to think, "That's it! That's all there is to it?" and yet some of my students have told me that it was the highlight of their year.

In the past, I have actually always done Snowy Lunches- to brighten up the winter blues.
But, since I was on maternity leave during Jan/Feb, I decided to change it to Spring Lunches.
Both were a hit!

First, I split my class into groups. Usually I have about 4-5 kids in each group, depending on how big my class is. I always find something similar about all of their names, like- they all start with an "A" or they end in a vowel or they all have five letters in them. This some how makes it more special and creates a sense of fairness for the kids. Although this year, I had one boy complain that it wasn't his fault that his mom didn't name with with a name that had double letters in it. :)

Then I send out invites to the kids. Nothing fancy.  A picture of my invite is at the top of this post 
(fancy letters by letteringdelights.com)
I always put them in envelopes and decorate them with stickers and make them look all lovely.

The day of...
Throw a plastic tablecloth over a table in your room. 
 Put a bag of chex mix in a bowl. 
 Place the plate of Pinterest inspired cupcakes that are "spring-like".  
Mix up some "Bug Juice" in a pitcher (Hawaiian Punch with plastic bugs in it). 
Put place cards, a paper plate, a napkin and a cup with a flower straw in it at each seat.
And you are ready!

Cupcakes inspired by Disney Parties via Pinterest
Made with Sweedish Fish for the petals and Gumdrops for the center

I should also mention that the kids eat lunch with me in our room everyday. 
Which probably isn't true for most of you. But, that might make it even more special 
if they get to stay in your room with you during lunch instead of going to the cafeteria!

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