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Snacks for Kids: Purple Monsters

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Jorryn, my oldest, had some unhappy moments this weekend, with attending facial expressions to prove it. What could have possibly caused such consternation? Homework. Have you seen any homework emoji on the face of your darling? Not a pretty sight.  I’ve got to confess, I think some of those non-verbalizations show up on me, too, especially when Jorryn asks me to help with challenging homework assignments. I’m in that mom state of haven’t been out of school so long that I can’t clearly remember the homework dreads, but long enough that some of the methods and answers escape me.

Purple Monster Snacks for Kids

Enter: Get Schooled’s Homework Help Desk. Get Schooled is a national non-profit that believes students have the power to improve their future if they have the right information and motivation.  If you or your student have a homework question, you can go their site, read more about a specific concept or watch a quick video with more detailed explanations. You can even ask their trained teachers specific questions. One-on-one chats with an expert teacher? Oh, yes. I’m not sure if it was Jorryn or me that was the most excited to find this help!

Get Schooled Homework Help Desk

Get Schooled covers math and English language arts for grades K-12. One of their main projects for 2016 is their new Homework Help Desk website that focuses on helping 7-12 graders with homework challenges in math, science and English. Parents who want to help can check it out, too!

Homework Help for Parents

Common Core State Standards have been implemented across much of the country in hopes that students will be prepared for their futures. This Homework Help Desk helps parents to better support their kids so they will be more likely to remain committed to graduating from high school and going to college.

Additional helpful resources for parents helping their students include Be A Learning Hero and Univision’s Clave al Exito.

Cute Kid's Party Food Ideas

One more “help” that motivates a weary student (at least in my household!): an after-school snack. Here’s a fun idea that changes those frowns to smiles:


  • Use a fun shaped cookie cutter on a piece of cheese for feet
  • Cut off a small end slice of a plum* so the monster doesn’t roll away
  • With a sharp knife, poke two or three holes midway in the plum
  • Insert almond slices in the holes for teeth
  • Use a tiny drop of frosting or a bit of melted chocolate to “glue” on a candy eye
  • Arrange a few sprouts on top for hair

*remember there’s a pit in there so that’s a watch-out for your little ones

Purple Monster: Fun Kid's Snack Idea

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Get Schooled. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Layne Quintanilla

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men and her ever patient husband, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara. You can join her party at My Best Laid Plans and Coupons with Q.