It’s the day after Halloween and your kids are begging for their Halloween candy… What do you do? Here are some ideas that will keep them away from the sugar while teaching some valuable lessons.
1. Teach Moderation. Allow your kids to have one piece of candy each night after dinner. This teaches moderation and shows them that a well-balanced plant-based dinner is more important than sugary snacks.
2. Let Them Experiment! Put on some goggles and a ‘lab coat’ and have a little fun. Place candy pieces in jars with water, white vinegar, or vegetable oil, and see what happens. Encourage your kids to take notes and lots of photos because a good scientist needs to record the results. You could use this time to teach your children the scientific method, and depending on the depth of your experiments, this could also teach them about the dangers of high fructose corn syrup, synthetic sugars, and all the bad stuff in that candy they just got!
3. Get Creative. Make a gingerbread house entirely out of your Halloween candy. Or get even more creative and plan a Candy Build contest for your kids and their friends. You can set rules and restrictions, like only using candy and toothpicks, and you can identify themes for the creations. Some ideas you could try are tallest tower, biggest building, scariest monster, or silliest creature. The kids will have so much fun they won’t even miss the sugar!
4. Donate to Our Troops. Operation Shoebox is happy to share your candy with our troops overseas. Mail your candy donation to: Operation Shoebox, 8360 East Highway 25, Belleview. Fl. 34420
5. Try the Switch Witch! Much like Elf on a Shelf, the Switch Witch is fast becoming a holiday tradition. You can buy one in your local Target store…it’s a fantastic idea!
And let’s face it. If all else fails, you can tell your kids that you ate all of their Halloween candy…per Jimmy Kimmel…and see what they do!