Quaker Chewy After School Rocks Giveaway

There are lots of great giveaways going on this week at Dine & Dish. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the Bush’s Beans giveaway on the previous post and stay tuned the rest of the week for more great giveaways!

For the most part of this school year, my kids have come home to me on a conference call, me on the computer working on a project or me telling them “just one more minute” while I finished up my last little bit of work for the day. To them, after school meant coming in the door, grabbing a snack and finding something to occupy themselves until I could wrap up. I am not proud of this at all, which is why I recently decided to leave my recruiting job to focus on my family while they are young enough to want me to focus on them.

This is why when a representative from Quaker Chewy contacted me the other day about partnering with them to get the word out about the After School Alliance and the Quaker Chewy After School Rocks program I was thrilled. Reconnecting with my kids, especially during the precious after school hours, is something I wanted to focus on.

Quaker Chewy has partnered with the Afterschool Alliance to study and improve how kids spend their time after school in an effort to help each child have a positive after school experience. Whether children are sent to an organized after school program or they come home to a parent or guardian, the partnership between Quaker Chewy and the Afterschool Alliance is providing necessary resources and activities to make that time quality. As a part of their partnership, Quaker Chewy and the Afterschool Alliance have created a free downloadable Afterschool Toolkit for parents and teachers. Check it out by clicking on this link and scrolling to the very bottom.

After reviewing the Afterschool Toolkit I decided to plan some after school activities with my kids that would help us to reconnect after a long day as well as be fun for them so they could unwind after being “on” all day at school. Considering it is fall, and the ground is covered with leaves that have fallen from the trees, we decided our first after school activity would be to do some leaf rubbing. Simple, fun, and each one of my kids (ages 8, 6, 4 and 1) could participate in their own way.

Step one was to get outside and go on a leaf hunt. I told the kids to pick up some of the biggest leaves they could find. As the three older ones hunted for leaves, one little person, who shall remain nameless, decided all she wanted to do was attempt an escape from this crazy family.

Once the leaves were gathered, we brought them inside, grabbed some plain white copy paper and some crayons and began our project. Leaf rubbing is really simple… place the leaf underneath your paper then with the side of a crayon, rub / color over on the paper over the leaf. You’ll soon start to see the outline of the leaf, including the veins, show up on the paper. It makes for a really beautiful piece of artwork for your kids!

Of course, if you have as many kids as I do, you are bound to find one who is only there for the food. What can you do?

I’m excited to announce that Quaker has given me several After School Kits to do what I’d like to with. I’ve decided to share some of them with you to get inspired to make after school time, quality time! 7 Dine & Dish readers will win 1 kit each. Each kit includes:

  • 1 Quaker Afterschool Rocks T-Shirt
  • 1 $10 iTunes gift card
  • 1 pack of Crayola Colored pencils
  • 1 Composition Notebook
  • 1 coupon for a FREE box of Quaker Chewy Granola Bars
  • 1 Canvas tote bag

To win, in the comment section of this post, share what your favorite after school activity was when you were growing up. Entries must be in by midnight CST on Sunday, November 14th. I will use Random.org to choose the 7 winners. You can enter as many times as you’d like… no limits!


This promotion is solely sponsored by Dine & Dish and has not been endorsed or approved by PepsiCo, Inc. or its subsidiaries or affiliates.  By entering, you agree to look solely to Dine & Dish for any claims in connection therewith, and not to PepsiCo, Inc. or its subsidiaries or affiliates.

I have been compensated by Quaker Chewy to be a partner with this great program, however, any opinions stated within this post are my own.

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  1. says

    Love this post, Kristen! Great reminder on the “just a minute” phrase. Those minutes are quickly running into tween and teen years, aren’t they? Ugh!

    Great program and your kids are a-dor-able!

  2. says

    My favorite after school activity was going with my mom to Dairy Queen for a Butterfinger Blizzard, almost every day. Seriously, almost every single day. Don’t tell my kids!

  3. Margot says

    My favorite afterschool activity was reading. I loved winding down with a great book. I read ALL of the “Little House on the Prarie” series and also enjoyed “Ramona the Pest” by Beverly Cleary (and all of the books in that she wrote!), a great local writer.

  4. says

    In the Fall and Spring we would play outside in the woods or neighborhood–we grew up in the country, so lots of dirt roads and a few abandoned shacks to explore! In winter, I loved to cross-country ski or relax with a book.

  5. says

    Your post hits home for me on so many levels. We blink and they go from hanging out with us watching Disney movies to being in college stepping into their adult lives. This is a wonderful idea. By the way…gorgeous family :)

  6. says

    I am blessed to be able to be home with my kids after school as well. I think it is a very important to be with your kids. We come home have a snack and then get homework done before any play starts. Its a great routine and I think steers them away from being procrastinators(at least with schoolwork).
    I was a cheerleader all through school..so that always took up my after school hours

  7. Whitney Schmale says

    PS My favorite activity was when Daddy would pick me up and we’d go to Hardee’s for a chocolate shake. I never saw him eat ice cream EXCEPT those days with me! Mom still says, “Skip? No he doesn’t like ice cream.” He turns and winks at me!

  8. mary says

    I would come home from school open a can of pork n beans and eat it straight out of the can while i read my books…i have always loved to read

  9. Ana de Paula says

    I remember so many after-school favorite activities! It really depends how old I was. When I was 7-8, I loved drawing on the street/driveway/backyard with chalk. When I was 9-10, I loved playing with our pet parrot. When I was around 11, I loved playing the Brazilian version of dodge ball with the neighbors.
    I could go on and on but I don’t want to bore you all. I do want to thank you for making me stop for a minute and remember… those were the best times.

  10. Pam says

    well, back in the olden days, when there was only one tv in the house, we played outside after school. Mom would usually make us a snack for after school and I would play with my friend across the street and my four brothers. I loved to roller skate out in the driveway.

  11. Laurie says

    Great time spent with the kiddos – love the pics! The leaf rubbing will be a fun activity to do with my little miss this weekend (if the leaves have dried out after this big rain coming!!) I can remember riding my bike everywhere, making piles of leaves to jump into, and playing on the swingset. As long as we were running around outside, we were happy!!

  12. Louis H says

    when I was in elementary school I was enrolled in an after school program sponsored by the school, we did our homework together, played ball on the school yard, sometimes went with the teachers out to the fields. On rainy days we had a big play room

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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  13. Daniel Keller says

    Well since I am almost 64 after school activities were mostly chores. My buddies in the neighborhood would get together and play ball or some kind of game together until Mom called me to supper. I rode my bicycle a lot, like 10 miles a day if possible. Back then it was safe to do this. This gift would be for my granddaughter who has just started the second grade.

  14. Gretchen says

    During the elementary school years, that’s before after school sports was such a big deal! I came home to my grandparents every day after school, and if I couldn’t convince my older brothers to play with me then I usually called my friends, went bike riding all over the neighborhood or up to the library to get the latest Judy Blume book, or met all the other kids on our street for games, like kick-the-can. Playing school or Barbies was another favorite past time.
    Then of course I couldn’t wait until the after school special came on TV, I think they were only on once a week back then, but I loved watching those, they seemed so serious and taboo but you always learned some important message. I wonder what happened to those shows??!!!

  15. Annie Reynolds says

    I always enjoyed playing outside after school – until the weather got too cold that is. Thanks for the chance – my 6 and 4 yos would love this!

  16. Lisa G says

    I remember playing Sega & Nintendo with my little brother after school – it was the only time we got along and only lasted about a 1/2 an hour!

  17. Kris says

    When I was young, I used to love to go outside and play, play, play with wild abandon! I’d soak every bit of daylight, pushing the boundaries, often racing into the house at 1 min. after the sun was down (my school week curfew).

  18. Heather says

    I watched way too many soap operas after school… but my favorite activity was sledding or building snowmen. A granola bar would work well as the nose for a dashing snowman!


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