Thanksgiving Snacks

Have the children make their own cornucopia for snack by filling a sugar ice cream cone with fruit snacks, Trix cereal (each piece is in the shape of a fruit) and/or real fruit such as berries and grapes. Our students really enjoyed making and eating this snack.

For Thanksgiving, we let the kids experiment with making “stuffing.” We filled several bowls with plain croutons slightly crushed, and let the kids sprinkle in different seasonings such as garlic or onion powder, celery seed and dried parsley. Then the kids used a squirt bottle filled with water (the picnic-style ketchup and mustard squeeze bottle worked best or a turkey baster and bowl of water). Then they stirred, added more spices or water and some of them even tasted the stuffing. The kids absolutely loved this activity since they were able to “cook,” and it’s a great activity for sensory experiences and fine and gross motor skills.

We did this with my son’s class. Each mom brought the ingredients of having a turkey dinner. One mom that is a teacher at our high school used their oven and cooked a turkey. We had mashed potatoes (but no butter/gravy). We made up no bake pies. Rolls, pickles and some of the basic items. The kids made up anything that had to be made up. I believe there was a Jell-o salad made up with whip cream and power dry Jell-0. The table was set with table cloths and little tiny pumpkin candles and they turned out the lights and the kids said a prayer (in a public school) yes! Then the kids ate in the dim day light of the room. Something they will always remember.

My preschool does a Feast called “Our was of saying Thank You” We know the children all don’t like turkey so we have a Thanksgiving Day Pizza Feast and we invite the parents for lunch. The kids love this and so do the parents.

Use bowl w/lid or glass w/lid. Add instant van. pudding and milk. Have children take turns shaking until pudding is make. Then add one or two tsp. of pumpkin pie filling, dash of cinn. Shake and serve. This taste great. All my children really enjoyed this treat!!

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