(ARA) - After a summer filled with sunny beach days and sleepovers, getting kids motivated to head back to school and adjust to a new routine is often a challenge. To make the transition a little easier for kids and parents, here are some tips and fun ideas to get creativity flowing and wake-up brains for learning.
Serve up originality
Inviting children to help in the kitchen is a great way to get them thinking and building life skills. From math and measurement to nutrition and following directions, the kitchen provides an opportunity for kids to practice the skills that not only contribute to a family meal, but they can also use in the classroom all year.
Take some time to spend in the kitchen and get those creative juices flowing by encouraging your kids to use their taste buds and imaginations to whip-up something original. Now through Oct. 22, parents can enter their kids in the Ninth Annual Jif (R) Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest (TM), which invites parents to share their kids', ages 6 to 12, creative sandwich recipes. Last year's winner, Rachel G. of Clovis, Calif., combined chicken, grapes, honey and peanut butter in a lettuce wrap to create her "PB & Fruity says 'Let Us Rap." Finalists go to New York to compete for a $25,000 scholarship fund.
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