Preschool Thanksgiving Theme Activities for Cooking
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific Thanksgiving theme questions while making these fun snacks!
Ingredients and Items Needed: pineapple-orange-banana juice(64 ounces); lemon-lime soda(32 ounces); frozen limeage concentrate tha tis thawed (6 ounce can); frozen peaches and strawberries; a couple of bananas and a couple of oranges.
Have the children help you to peel and slice the fruit and place it in a large punch bowl. Add the juice and soda. Enjoy!
Bread in a Bag
Ingredients and items needed: For one loaf you will need:
2 cups all purpose flour; 1 package of rapid rise yeast; 3 tablespoons sugar; 3 tablespoons nonfat dry milk; 1 teaspoon salt; 1 cup hot water; 3 tablespoons vegetable oil; 1 cup whole wheat flour; 1 gallon sized ziplock freezer bag.
Combine the all purpose flour, yeast, sugar, dry milk and salt in the freezer bag. Seal (forcing air out first) and shake bag until blended.
Add Hot water and oil to bag. Reseal and mix by working with your hands.
Add whole wheat flour. Reseal bag and mix again.
Add more all purpose flour as needed until the dough pulls away from the bag.
Flour a flat surface, knead dough 2-4 minutes until it is a smooth dough.
cover with a towel and let sit 10 minutes.
The children will love checking this as it rises!!!
Roll dough to a 12 X 7 inch rectangle.
Roll up from one short end. Pinch the edges to seal when rolled.
Place in oiled oaf pan.
Place a 9 X 13 inch pan on a counter out of the reach of children.
Fill half way with boiling water.
Place a cookie sheet on top of this pan.
Place the loaf pan on top of the cookie sheet.
Cover loaf pan with towel and let dough rise 20 minutes (or until it doubles in size).
Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
We have made cards for each ingredient and had each child make their own loaf and then sent it home to be baked and enjoyed. This may take extra adult helpers to do!
Home Made Butter
Large glass jar, heavy whipping cream, salt
Pour whipping cream into the jar, a bit less than half full.
Sprinkle in some salt.
Cover jar and have the children shake continually (they can help make one jar together or you may be shaking 16 jars yourself!). After about 5 minutes of shaking, the water will separate from the cream and the cream will become more solid.
Preschool Thanksgiving Theme Activities Transform Your Dramatic Play Area!
With so much shopping happening at home in preparation for the holiday, a Preschool Thanksgiving Activities Theme is a great time to make your own grocery store! Provide boxes of all kinds from your recycling for the children to shop for! Don't forget grocery bags, cash registers and money as well!
Preschool Thanksgiving Theme Activities and Ideas For Your Easel-- More Than Just Painting!
(Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Materials Needed: Feathers and paint!
The designs that feathers make in paint are wonderful when used on a large piece of paper at the easel!
Preschool Thanksgiving Theme Activities For Large Group: Games To Help Your Preschoolers Build Their Muscles While They Have Fun Together!
Feather Tossing Time
Materials- craft feathers
You will be giving the children instructions to act out. Tell them you will toss a feather high up in the air and they need to do the instruction before the feather touches the ground. We've made the rule that only the teacher picks up the feather (to avoid them bonking heads! and for them to focus on the action instruction).
Pat someone's back and thank them for being a friend.
Rub someone's shoulders and say "Are you OK?"
Hold someone's hand and jump with them 3 times.
Clap your hands 5 times.
You can let the children each take a turn giving an instruction and tossing the feather.
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