M's school has a programme called "Healthy Buddies" where grade 7 students are paired up with kindergartners and they do "healthy" things, like exercise stations together in the gym, go on walks, learn about nutrition blah blah blah. They swap them half way through the year so the wee ones get to know more older ones and feel less intimidated in the playground etc. Its a good programme from what I can see.
Well, M has had some GREAT healthy buddies. They will say hi to her whenever she sees them, even if its at the mall, they'll include her in their play at recess or after school - they'll play hopscotch with her, and help her with catch games, and on the climbing frame. Even if they are just humouring her and inside they're all "Oh, no not the pest again" they've been ever so good natured about it and have given her a good self esteem boost.
As a thank you for being such good healthy buddies I (I mean we - ha) made some (mostly Healthy-ish) muffins to take and share with them as the programme has finished for the year. We have top and inside views of-
Ginger Crunch Muffins
New World Currant Square Muffins
Banana Caramel Muffins