Never before have we had to deal with SO MUCH candy coming into the house until this past year. Chalk it up to now having five kids in the house and celebrating things like Easter, Birthdays, Pumpkin Parties, School events and Christmas. It is like a non stop candy shop at our house!
We knew right away that we had to figure out how to ration it, so each child got a ziploc bag to put "their" candy in. For the most part I would say that Sam and I did a great job at watching guard over their bags, except on a few occasions when our favorite candy suddenly disappeared from their bags in the middle of the night.
About once a day (or every other day) the kids got to pick out a treat from their bags. I even started letting them pick out two pieces because I was so sick of seeing these bags...but it wouldn't end! Someone suggested to have the kids make ginger bread houses using the candy, so we did that. STILL these bags were like a bottomless pit of non-stop sugar. So we pulled the plug.
We have found that if we include the kids in decisions where we are getting rid of things it is a win, win and we don't catch them by surprise later when they say, go looking for their candy bag that has mysteriously disappeared. We gathered all of the candy that was in the bags. Seriously! Look at how much is STILL left!
We dumped it all out onto the table.
Then I put a white bucket from our kitchen cupboard in the middle of the pile. I told the kids that this was now our "family" bucket of candy. That no one would have individual bags but that it would now be the "sharing" bucket.
I removed all of the smarties and kept those for potty treats.
When the kids first saw all of the candy on the table I think they thought that it was a special occasion again where they got to eat treats for dinner. Nope, sorry kids that tradition is a once a year thing. However, I explained to them how they could each pick out FIVE pieces of candy to put in the family basket. I also told them that they weren't guaranteed to have those pieces in the future, but they would be added to the bucket to share. It is amazing how BIG FIVE sounds when you say it right! They felt like they were winning the jackpot (insert evil laughter here.) ;-)
It was a success! The candies that were "last to be picked for kick ball" ended up in a grocery bag to be given away. Below is what we were left with in the sharing bucket...GOLDEN!
How do you deal with candy coming in or out of your house with kids? Tips, ideas?!?! I would LOVE to hear them!