I am quite excited about this thought now, so please say you don't hate homemade things!! I make novelty cakes so thought I would do a cake of something like a pile of books with the names of all the topics they've done this year, or something.. A bit like this
Oh good idea, thanks pinkgirly! I usually take things in before the last day anyway, so that they don't too much to take home in one day, but hadn't thought of leaving it there and eating at break. Thanks!
If it were me I don't think I would eat a cake that a child had obviously made (as nice as the thought is) but I was thinking that because it'll be very obvious that my DD didn't make this one it might be better...
I'll be honest... it depends on the family/child (the comment I heard about from one somewhat manky junior kid telling his teacher with relish how "I love making bread Miss, it gets the underneath of your fingernails REALLY clean" kind of adds a dimension to kid-produced cooking). If it's a nice, kids well-presented and relatively clean (when they go IN the school building, usually not when they leave) family then cool - I used to have a parent helper who regularly brought cake in and we all scoffed with relish, but some families - would smile politely but not risk it.
In my current school the children often bring me cakes, biscuits and flapjacks that they have made - I eat them all!! (It's a very nice, in a very nice area.) I think a cake is a great idea, especially a few days before the end of term - we are always looking for cakes and biscuits in the staffroom!
There is a member of staff at my school who categorically NEVER eats anything made by a child, or anything sent in that is homemade.
I use my discresion a bit more. If it is from the family of a child who has seemed clean and organised all year, then I'll go for it (depending on what it is that has been made), otherwise I'll smile politely and then bit it discretely later.
I did enjoy one cupcake sent in by a little girl in my class (ate it quickly without looking too closely while on way out to playground duty)...but when the same girl gave another one to a colleague, there was a cat hair on hers. Made me feel a bit queasy for a while.
If it has been sent in by a parent, then I usually assume it is safer. lol
I made very grown up cupcakes for the teachers at DD's nursery this week all individually boxed and made it known that DD's hands had been no where near the cakes apart from licking the bowl at the end. I know I had issues eating things children had made when I helped at school - licked fingers/noses wiped on backs of hands etc. made me shudder.
Love home baking, esp when child feels so proud of their input and there is one for everyone in class. For your teacher a home made card from child and thoughtfully written letter from parents is best end of year gesture.
I sent in boxes of a selection of home made biscuits this year (DC3's at nursery so that was 9 boxes and DC1&2 each had one for the teacher, TA and the parent who helps with reading for the class, 6 more.) The DC helped measure and pour the ingrediants into the processor and turn it on, I made the biscuits and cooked them. They then told me which biscuits their teachers etc. would like in their box.
I have used a very old cordon bleu recipe to make some incredible adult and fab with coffee biscuits which I send in wrapped in lovely bags with ribbon and labels attached listing ingredients. I have always had really good response to this and I do send them in about a week before the end of term.