5 Things to Know About Food Allergies And Kids

One thing I have learned about food allergies is that not everyone understands them. Not everyone understands there are a different variety of allergies.

They can be really bad with epi pens or giving them the item will just make them sick.

I want you to understand that coming from a mom whose daughter has celiac and my husband who is allergic to milk. Food allergies can by no fun at all. It makes cooking complicated and trips out places can be crazy.

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I have a few simple things I want you to know about having a child with food allergies. Plus some advice from other mothers that I’ve talked to.

Don’t give my child food without asking me first.

My daughter is older enough now to know she can’t just eat anything without asking if it is gluten free. Or having someone ask me about it. But not all kids can ask or know to ask.

I had someone give my daughter a corn muffin and it is corn, so I thought it was okay. But it has wheat flour it and she was sick for days afterward. I had stated they needed to ask me first. I’m asking this for safety not because I want to be mean.

I send a card with my daughter now with her to new playdates or activities so people know.

Wash your hands before touching my child’s food.

If you have handled any other food, please wash your hands before touching her food or her! I don’t need cross contamination added to her food. It is a simple thing and helps so many people.

We had a friend who had a son with a serious nut allergy, and she just asked that people, please wash hands before they went to open areas. It helps more than just her son stays safe. You never know who might have an allergy to some item.

Now before we leave or enter the house, we wash our hands, so our contaminates don’t affect others.

And yes with celiac and milk allergy in the house I wash my hands at least 5 or 7 times while making a meal. I know how important it is.

Please read all the items in the label, not just the “May Contain” section.

Not all foods just state what they are. So many types of foods have different names. Just looking for milk or wheat etc does not always mean it does not have it. If you can’t find it does not mean it might not be there.

I always read food labels and call just to make sure it is safe. Some might look okay but are processed with other types of food that might have contaminated it.

I often end up calling to make sure that the food types is not in the food. Yes, it takes time but worth it.

Please respect my child’s right to say no to food that may be okay for their allergy.

I hear it all the time. But I gave her something gluten free. Yup, you might have. But did you taste it? Don’t tell my child what they should be eating. My child has the right to say no to something.

I know that my daughter that has to have gluten free won’t eat fruits. And that is what most people provide her because it is gluten free. If you are providing something just for my child ask me! If you don’t allow them to say no.

Having a party I’m going to be calling!

I’m going to call about a playdate, party or anything that might have food involved. Yup, I want her to be happy and to be able to eat with everyone else. Plus I might want to tell you about an epi pen, or things that could be a problem for my child.

I also don’t want my child sitting aside while everyone else eats something or plays a game that involves food. I’m more than happy to provide something for my child to eat but I can’t do that without a phone call to you.

So please be understanding when I call in advance to help my child by knowing what you are going to have for the party.

Today is the ninth post with 12 other bloggers. You can read everyone’s posts about “Food, Diet, and Mealtime”.

Here is a look at all the themes for the 12 months:

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Free Romping & Roaring Rhombus Pack

I know that all kids learn differently and that is why I love the Romping & Roaring sets I have made. They are all made to be flexible for lots of different types of learning.

Today we have the free Romping & Roaring Rhombus Pack. You have a mix of hands-on and no-prep activities for kids to do in this series. Plus the full set has loads of activities that all work for different ages and types of learners.

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This pack is the 6th of 9 shape packs. The full set of the Romping & Roaring Shape Packs has nine shape packs that have 40 pages of activities for each color word. Plus there are over 400 pages of extras that included a Shape Themed Pack, Easy Reader Book, wall cards and more. They each work perfectly together help kids learn their geometric shape and shape words.

This series of printables is loads of fun and kids love to use them. You can pick the page that fits the need of your child of the classroom. There is a mix of no prep and prep printables to pick from and use. I wanted this to be flexible so it could grow with your child or classroom. You can read all about the Romping & Roaring Shape Packs and see how we use them.

If you don’t want to wait once a month for the Romping & Roaring Shape Packs to come out you can buy it my Teachers Notebook Store or Teachers Pay Teachers Store.

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Another option is to just buy the full Romping & Roaring Rhombus Pack set buy itself. You can buy it at my Teachers Notebook or Teachers Pay Teachers stores.

Graphics from Melonheadz Illustrating and Doodles and Whimsy Clips

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Each pack has 42 pages of printables for each shape. Here is a list of what you will find in each pack:

What will you find in the Free Romping & Roaring Rhombus Pack:

  • Prewriting Trace the Lines
  • Trace & Color
  • Rhombus Coloring Page
  • Decorate the Rhombus
  • Rhombus Playdough Mat
  • Word Playdough Mat
  • Color the Word by Letter
  • Tracing with Stop and Start
  • Dot the Shape
  • Color by Size

Romping & Roaring Rhombus Pack – Selling Sets Only:

  • Shape Playdough Mat with Tracing
  • Word Playdough Mat with Tracing
  • Trace, Color & Write (No Prep)
  • Tracing the shape and word (No Prep)
  • Trace the Pattern (No Prep)
  • Find the Shape (No Prep)
  • Trace by Size (No Prep)
  • Follow the Shape Word (No Prep)
  • Follow the Shape (No Prep)
  • 3 Part Cards, Pocket Chart Cards
  • Trace the Word
  • Write the Word
  • Small Reading Book in Color and Black & White
  • Small Reading Book in Color and Black & White with tracing
  • Shape Tile Word
  • Shape Word Puzzles
  • Color the Pattern
  • Sorting by Size
  • 2 Piece Puzzles
  • 4 Piece Puzzles
  • 9 Piece Puzzles
  • Shape Lacing Card
  • Small Shape Coloring Book

Here are some things we plan on using with this Romping & Roaring Shape Packs:

If you don’t want to wait for the Romping & Roaring Shape Packs out each month, plus want all the pages, shape easy reader books, wall cards, and a shape themed pack you can get it all for $20. There are over 640 pages of activities for kids to use to learn their shapes.

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Fun Fine Motor Spring Themed Washi Tape Tree

Spring is one of our families favorite time of year. We love the many different changes you can see. The blossoms on the trees are some of our favorite changes.

It is so neat to see the different trees and blossoms as they bloom. We enjoy taking walks in the spring to see them. And since spring is here now we thought we would add a little spring to our house!

The spring washi tape tree is loads of fun with some fine motor worked into it.

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Before we did this craft we read the book And Then It’s Spring. One of the things we love about this book is that you can’t always see the start of spring because it is happening underground. We love reading the book and then making our craft to go with it.

We also love doing changes of season activities. We did a washi tape fall tree and loved it. Now we have a washi tape spring tree!

I do love that this was a craft requested by my girls. I know that one of my girls always needs fine motor work to build up her handwriting endurance. I have found that fine motor crafts are one way to help that she does not complain.

Plus this activity and book suggestion came from her!

What you need for this activity:

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The first step we always make is to build our trees. This is fun to do because you can see how big or small the tree might be. Plus everyone has their own idea of what their tree should look like.

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After the trees are made we put some grass below our trees. Everyone had a different idea of how the grass area should look. It is one way I love doing crafts like this. It is open-ended and there is no right way to do it.

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The final step was putting the blossoms on the trees. We all had different ideas of how it should work. And that is the way it should be. Would the tree be full of blossoms or only a few? I love how we all had fun while working on the craft.

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Here is a look at all of our Spring Themed Washi Tape Trees:

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Check out these other Spring Tree Crafts:

Check out these other Spring Activities and Printables:

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