Thanksgiving Snacks For Preschoolers
Every Thanksgiving we have a potluck for the parents and grandparents. This year the day before the potluck we are having the children bring in vegetables to help make vegetable soup. We will discuss the first Thanksgiving and how the Pilgrims and the Indians shared with each other. Then the morning of the potluck the students will make muffins and butter.
to make Indian corn cakes we use inexpensive Jiffy corn muffin mix. The corn cakes are mixed with 1 egg, milk, and t of shortening. These are fried in an electric skillet. We serve them with homemade butter. They taste great!!
Every year for Thanksgiving I have my children make edible turkeys to put at everyone’s plate. You will need graham crackers, chocolate icing, chocolate cover cherries, butter cookies shaped like flowers, and candy corn. Spread a little icing on graham cracker to attach chocolate covered cherry. This will be the turkey’s body. Add icing to one side to attach one cookie. This will be the tail. Add icing to the opposite side to attach the candy corn. This will be the head. These can be made ahead of time so the icing can set.
I had someone ask how many cookies you got from the Cornmeal Cookie recipe. I had never counted them but yesterday we made them in class and I made half a recipe and had about 36 cookies. I give the children a small spoonful and let them roll it into a ball and put on the cookie sheet. That way they get to help mix them and also make them. Out of 10 children, all but 1 liked them. They get a copy of the recipe so they can make them at home.
Cornmeal Cookies 1 1/2 cups shortening 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups cornmeal Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Drop by teaspoons onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
Talk with the children about the kinds of food the pilgrims and Indians would have eaten.
Edible Turkeys 1 clean orange 5-7 assorted straight-stick lollipops 2 raisins dab honey or peanut butter 2″ strip of Fruit by the Foot roll-up marshmallow toothpicks
Indent marshmallow with a toothpick to form beak on orange. Place fruit strip under marshmallow Place raisins (eyes) on orange using honey or peanut butter to complete turkey face Place lollipops in feathered fashion on the rear of an orange
Apple Turkey: Get an apple and place four or five toothpicks on one side. Place one toothpick on opposite side with a turkey head glued to it. On the others place fruit loops until you reach the top and place a mini-marshmallow. The kids love to make these and have fun eating as they go. You have to eat the broken fruit loops its a rule. They turn out really cute. And edible centerpieces for your Thanksgiving Table.
Big red apple, Take raisin’s and slip on to toothpicks about 3/4 the way down then stick into the back of apple as feathers. Make about 6 or 7 feathers depending how big your apple. Then make one arisen filled toothpick with a green olive on end for the head, add cloves for eyes pullout your little red thing and insert 3 toothpicks under him so he can stand freely. Makes a cute snack or table decoration.
Thanksgiving Turkeys made with Oreos.
You will need 2 double-stuffed Oreos. Take 1 Oreo apart. This will be the base. Place the whole Oreo on its side on the base, so that it sticks to the white of the oreo. In front of the oreo on its side, place a malted-milk ball for the turkeys head. Next, place candy corn, points down, in between the oreo cookie that is standing on its side. You will have an Oreo turkey.
Make Turkey gobblers that they can gobble up!! Take a large hard cookie like a macaroon, a nutter butter cookie, some frosting, a Reeses’ miniature peanut butter cup, a red jelly bean and candy corn candies. “Glue” the nutter butter cookie to the Macaroon with the frosting. Glue the peanut butter cup to the bottom of the nutter butter cookie. Glue the red jelly bean above the peanut butter cup (for the gizzard). Use M&M’s or jelly beans for eyes and the candy corns for feathers. Secure everything with frosting. Let them dry for about 2 hours. These are a yummy creative project for children 4 and under (and for those of us with a sweet tooth!).