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In the Sparkle Sleepytime story, “Teeny the Toadlet”, Teeny is a little toadlet who is about to go to school for the very first time. When he realizes that going to Toad School includes leaving some of his friends from the pond and making new friends on land, he grows nervous. His mother reassures him that toads are lucky because they can make new friends at Toad School while keeping their old friends from the pond.

This year, for the first time ever, my little “toadlet” is going to a new school where he can bring lunch from home. While it's not in my gift to make lunch box works of art every single day, I am trying to think of a few special lunches for at least the first couple of weeks. In the midst of new faces and rules and routines, I hope that it will be a midday reminder that he's loved and maybe even a conversation starter to ease the way to making some new friends.

If you're looking for similar ideas to help make those starting-a-new-school-year transitions easier, give this “Teeny” sandwich stacker a try. A spinach tortilla wrap does most of the work for you—just by being green—and you can customize the filling to suit your child's favorites.

With just a little imagination, you could also add sides to match the theme. How about some “swamp water” dipping sauce with “logs”? (Green goddess dressing and carrots.) Or some “pond mud” and “sticks”? (Hummus and celery.)

Here's wishing you an easy “hop” into this new school year!

Teeny the Toadlet Sandwich Stacker

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Ingredients

1 extra large (wrap size) green tortilla

a few slices of lunchmeat (ham, turkey, roast beef, etc.)

a few slices of cheese

1 baby dill pickle

1 olive

Directions

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Begin by using a biscuit cutter or similarly shaped round object to cut 4 small circles out of the tortilla.

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Next, use scissors to cut a pair of froggy webbed feet out of the tortilla scraps. You'll also need to cut out two small tortilla circles (just a bit wider than the circumference of your pickle) to form the base of the eyes.

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To make the eyes, slice the pickle into rounds and cut the olive in half. Then, make two little stacks—tortilla, pickle, olive—to complete them.

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Now, pull out your child's lunch container. Put the two feet in the bottom corners, and gently place the sandwich stack on top. Put the eyes on top of the sandwich stack, and use a knife to cut a small slit for the mouth. If you have a little extra lunch meat leftover, you can slip it into the mouth to make a tongue. Depending on the size of the lunch container you're using, you may need to use a few toothpicks to secure your masterpiece.

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Once your toadlet is all secure and snug, pop him into a lunch box and send him off to school!


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About the Author

Meryl Carver-Allmond
Sparkle Kitchen & Craft Blogger

The Sparkle Kitchen Series is created by Meryl Carver-Allmond.

Meryl lives in a hundred year old house near the prairie with her sweet husband, two pre-schoolers, one puppy, one gecko, and about ten chickens. While she's been writing since she could pick up a pen, in recent years she's discovered the joy of photography, too. She feels lucky to be able to combine those skills, along with a third passion--showing people that cooking for themselves can be healthy and fun--in her weekly Sparkle Kitchen posts.

When Meryl isn't writing for Sparkle Kitchen, you can find her on her personal blog, My Bit of Earth, where she writes about chickens, babies, knitting, gardening, food, photography, and whatever else tickles her fancy on any given day.


About Sparkle Sleepytime

Whether it is during the long, active days of summer or the shorter, busy days of winter, sometimes our little ones need some help to slow down. The stories in Sparkle Sleepytime are simple, soft and slow, all told with the aim of welcoming young and old into a time of rest or sleep. Each features a delightful young animal on a gentle adventure, and each ends with the animals snuggling into their burrows, nests or downy beds, ready to close their eyes and fall asleep. This Series is perfect for nap-times, quiet times and bedtimes – or any time you want a particularly quiet and soothing story for your little ones!