Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Parenting Pointers: DIY Teal Pumpkin

Put a teal-colored pumpkin outside your home and you'll be helping to make sure that allergy kids will be able to participate safely in all the fun and excitement of Halloween.
The teal pumpkin will signify that your home will provide non-allergy food and non-food goodies for the allergy kids, as well as the candy and other more typical Halloween treats.
It's called the Teal Pumpkin Project and it was created by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education).
Create teal pumpkins (or any Halloween decorations) with your Cricut.

These are just a few Halloween items you can make for both allergy and non-allergy children  Photo: Cricut
​Here are some Teal Pumpkin suggestions from Cricut:
●      First, know that some of the biggest allergens are:  eggs, corn, dairy, nuts (tree nuts, such as cashews and walnuts, too--not just peanuts), soy, wheat, so plan accordingly.
●      Clearly mark each treat with an ingredient list, because one or more of those substitutions could generate another allergy; for instance, if you're avoiding dairy, you might use almond milk--but some kid could have an allergy to almonds.
●      Make some little pastries or cupcakes avoiding as many of these allergens as possible. Again, mark it clearly with an ingredient list.
●      To avoid dairy eggs, you substitute with applesauce, bananas, yogurt or even flax seeds. To learn more, click here.
●      Make up little bags (maybe decorate them with a cool Halloween decoration) with nut substitutions like pumpkin or sunflower seeds.  To learn more, click here
Non-food ideas:
●      Small  toys.
●      T-shirts: Buy packages of inexpensive t-shirts and monogram them with Cricut iron-ons.
●      Little signs and banners with quotes or some cute saying.
●      "Movie Kits." with little non-allergy snacks, such as bags of seeds or juice boxes.

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