I buy the freezer roll sugar cookies. We use western shape cutters and bake cookies. You could also make doggies in a saddle by using hot dogs in a bun.
My preschoolers love when we make flapjacks for a snack. We don’t call them pancakes during our cowboy unit!
Every year, our two-year-olds have a snack out on the range. We build a “campfire” out of three pieces of firewood. Form a triangle with the wood, and place a sheet of red cellophane, orange cellophane, and yellow cellophane in the center to look like fire. (Don’t forget to emphasize that this fire is pretend-real fire is hot!)
-Be certain you have checked for allergies in your class-
Have the children help you make “beans and weenies” using a can of pork and beans and several hot dogs. The children can easily cut the hot dogs into SMALL pieces using a plastic knife. (I always quarter the hot dogs lengthwise before I allow them to cut them—makes for smaller pieces) Place them into an electric skillet to warm. While they are warming, I have the children find a “rock” to place by the campfire to sit on (large cardboard blocks work well). We then talk about the pioneers and “cowboys” as we wait. When the food is warm, serve in small cups with a spoon. In seven years, I have had only one child refuse to try the beans and weenies, and almost every child gobbles them up and asks for more!
Food Experience: Trail Mix First explain to the children that while the cowhands were on the trail taking care of the cattle they would often get hungry for a snack. So, they carried snacks in their saddle bags. (Explain what a saddle bag is) Get enough brown paper bags for everyone and have the kids scrunch them up. (These will be their saddle bags) Before handing them write child’s name SADDLE BAG Place all ingredients on the table (in bowls or on plates whichever is easier) and explain the differences between the ingredients. Have each child choose their own ingredients for their trail mix. Place it in their saddle bags, hold the bag tightly and then shake it to mix it up. (Make sure that when they scrunch their bags that they don’t rip them) You can use coconut, peanuts, raisins, sunflower seeds, sliced almonds, dried fruit etc.
We recently had Wild West Week. One day we had beef jerky and root beer. We talked about why cowboys would have needed something dried like jerky out on the open range, and why something like root beer (closest thing to sarsaparilla I could find) was so treasured when they came back home. Some of the kids loved it, some wouldn’t touch it, but most all had fun.