PLAY into your Parenting: National Lollipop Day! - The Bodhi Tree and Stacey

 

Lollipops first appeared in 16th century Europe, but it’s possible that the lollipop’s core concept has been around since prehistoric times as a way to preserve nuts and berries in honey.

In the U.S., lollipop-type candies were sold at medicine shops and confectioneries beginning in the 1860’s.

However, George Smith is credited for inventing the modern lollipop in 1908 and supposedly trademarked the name in 1931 after his favorite racing horse, Lolly Pops.

 

JULY 20th is National Lollipop Day!

Of COURSE you can choose to make it Lollipop Day any day you choose.

 

Food ideas:
  • Fruit/Veggie/Savory lollipop Shapes – simply lay them on a plate!
  • Cut deli meat into a circle and add thinly sliced cheese as the stick 
  • Sliced tomato circles and add cucumber/carrot sticks 
  • Slice orange circles and add cucumber/carrot sticks
  • Cut the cooked egg yolk in half and add thinly sliced toast as the stick
  • Use round crackers and thinly sliced cheese as the stick
  • Cut cheese into circles and add pretzel sticks
  • Sweet ideas
  • Watermelon/Cantaloupe/Honeydew Melon balls with chocolate finger cookies
  • Small pancake circles with red licorice sticks
  • Round cookies with gummy snakes as the sticks
  • Cake pops from your local bakery or coffee store
  • The candy isle at your local grocery/convenience store
  • A lollipop in the glove box of the car, can save a myriad of woes  
  • Feel like making your own
  • https://www.justataste.com/easy-homemade-holiday-candy-lollipops-recipe/

 

Craft ideas:

Using what’s available in your house or you may need to get a few things from the store.  

Paper, pencils, crayons, markers, stickers, paint or pastels.

 

Lollipop making station

Cut out a whole bunch of circles, all different sizes, these will be lollipop heads

Popsicle sticks, cardboard cut into thin strips, straws all make great sticks

Use anything and everything to decorate them

 

Make these little Pom Poms using scrap wool, then stand them on straws to be Lollipops

http://www.molliemakes.com/craft/how-to-make-tiny-pom-poms/

 

OR what about these for GIFT ideas – so crafty, SO cute!

http://101craftideas.com/craft2/paper-craft-ideas/123-9-lollipop-paper-craft-idea/

 

Any kind of plastic lid shaped as a circle is now a Lollipop top, any size cardboard tube is now a Lollipop stick – recycling fun!

 

Book ideas:

https://www.amazon.com/Big-Red-Lollipop-Rukhsana-Khan/dp/0670062871/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Lollipop&qid=1562801235&rnid=1000&s=books&sr=1-1

 

https://www.amazon.com/Great-Lollipop-Caper-Dan-Krall/dp/1442444606/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=Lollipop&qid=1562801235&rnid=1000&s=books&sr=1-10

 

https://www.amazon.com/Cheese-Cucumbers-Lollipops-Laila-Boisselle/dp/9948243803/ref=sr_1_20?keywords=Lollipop&qid=1562801375&rnid=1000&s=books&sr=1-20

 

https://www.amazon.com/Lollipop-Tree-Karen-Schaufeld/dp/0988722372/ref=sr_1_22?keywords=Lollipop&qid=1562801375&rnid=1000&s=books&sr=1-22

 

Classroom ideas:

This section will be back in September xo

 

Mindful Minutes:

Time spent together doing something that acknowledges the day.

If you were to take a few mindful minutes today, I’m certain you could find a way to make your children smile, using Lollipop Day as your inspiration.

It could be used to talk about sugar & how much is too much for our bodies. See if your child has body or energy awareness with regards to what they eat & drink. Every body is different & for some sugar causes a big reaction, for others is causes very little.

Lollipops are made up of two shapes a circle & a thin rectangle or tube. Stopping to look at it in terms of shape before eating/licking it makes it a mindful minute.

The bowls of Lollipops at the hairdresser, the doctor’s office or any other facility that has them as a parting gift usually has a bowl full of different colours.  Before choosing or declining the offer, you could ask your children to name the colours in the bowl or to count them.

What other things look like Lollipops: construction workers slow/stop signs, garlic flowers, a ferris wheel looks like a bunch of Lollipops put together.

The flower in Horton Hears a Who looks a lot like a Lollipop & is a great movie!

Or how about a sing along…

Lollipop lollipop 

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop, lollipop

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop, lollipop

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop

Lollipop lollipop 

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop, lollipop

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop, lollipop

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop

Call my baby lollipop 

Tell you why 

His kiss is sweeter than an apple pie 

And when he does his shaky rockin’ dance 

Man, I haven’t got a chance

I call him, lollipop, lollipop 

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop, lollipop

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop, lollipop

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop

Sweeter than candy on a stick 

Huckleberry, cherry or lime 

If you had a choice he’d be your pick 

But lollipop is mine

Lollipop, lollipop 

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop, lollipop

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop, lollipop

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop

Crazy way he thrills me 

Tell you why 

Just like a lightning from the sky 

He loves to kiss me till I can’t see straight 

Gee, my lollipop is great

I call him, lollipop, lollipop 

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop, lollipop

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop, lollipop

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop

Lollipop, lollipop 

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop, lollipop

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop, lollipop

Oh lolli lolli lolli, lollipop 

Lollipop

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Julius Dixon / Beverly Ross

 

Doing fun things with our children creates a deeper connection with them.  

With deeper connection we create opportunities to talk, to laugh & to be seen experiencing joy, which is so important! Love, Stacey

 

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