Activity time: 15 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Handout 1, Thanksgiving Recipes
- Ingredients and supplies for the recipe of your choice (see Handout 1)
- Individual plastic bags or storage boxes (one for each child, plus a few extra), masking tape, and a black permanent marker
- Trash bag with liner
- Recycle bin
- Paper towels, moistened
- Optional: Hand sanitizer
Preparation for Activity
- Choose a recipe from Handout 1, Thanksgiving Recipes, taking into account any allergies in the group. Pumpkin Pie in a Cup is individual cups of pumpkin pie pudding with graham cracker crumbs. Pumpkin Fluff Dip is a sweet pumpkin dip, served in a hollowed out pumpkin, for cookies or crackers. Thanksgiving Gorp is a mixture of nuts, dried fruits, candy, and cereal.
- Make sure you have a supply of hand sanitizer or access to a sink where children can wash their hands before and after preparing food.
- Set out supplies and ingredients for children to prepare food.
- Optional: If you have time to cut and peel apples beforehand, consider making applesauce. Here's an easy, no-sugar recipe. If you have access to a food processor, try making an uncooked cranberry-orange relish with this recipe.
- Optional: Before this session, you may wish to ask parents/caregivers to provide a take-home container for their child to fill.
Description of Activity
Children prepare a contribution to the family dinner table for Thanksgiving.
Invite the children to wash their hands and then gather at the activity table. Demonstrate and help them prepare their food. Store each child's food in a plastic bag or a storage box and write their name on it.
Encourage the children to help with clean-up.
Including All Participants
Stirring is a very therapeutic motion and is involved in each of the choices. Check for any food allergies.