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 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 rear of 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 on 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 tooth picks about 3/4 the way down then stick into 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 tooth picks 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 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 it’s 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 candycorns 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!).
After talking about how corn was introduced to the Pilgrims we then make corn bread one day; the next day we boil and eat corn on the cob; we have popcorn another day, and then for fun we have candy corn the next day. The children love it, and are part of all the mixing and the shucking of the corn, and adding corn to the popper.
We make mini cornucopias by using Bugles snacks. Put a little bit of vanilla cake frosting in the opening and let the children add 3 or 4 Runts fruit shaped candies. I’ve also seen this done with Trix cereal.
We are making and eating a feast. I have invited 7 parents to come help us in learning centers. 1. We will make cornbread in one (packaged mix). 2 Roll turkey and ham slices and attach with toothpicks. 3 Make stove top stuffing by adding warm water. 4. mini pumpkin pies: cut circles from Pillsbury already pie crust and put into mini muffin tins, fill with premixed pumpkin pie filling from a can and bake. 5.one set of children and parent sets the table 6.make butter by putting whipping cream and a marble (clean) in a plastic container and shake during circle time.7. Everyone helps clean up. Have fun!