Getting to Know You
Take a large coffee can, clean
and decorate. Chill the can. Add the
ingredients for Instant pudding and seal lid with tape. Have the children
sit in a circle. Have them take turns saying their names as they roll the
can across the circle to another student. After a few rounds, have the
children call the name they are rolling to. In no time you have a yummy
snack to share or for finger liking good fun, let the children finger
with the pudding on a clean table and then take prints of their
School Bus Cakes
Preschool children create their
own school bus treats during this preschool activity.
You will need:
One Twinkie snack cake per child,
1 bag Gummy Lifesaver candies.
Cut out a small rectangle from one end of the Twinkies to make it look like
the hood and
windshield and so it is shaped like a bus. Spread yellow frosting on the
Twinkies and add
Gummy Lifesavers for the wheels. Now it looks like a bus! Serve with milk
and fresh fruit.
Kissing Hand Cookies
Bake heart shaped cookies
and add a Hershey's kiss
to the center for each child after reading the story.
Let the children pour and then mix all of the ingredients
in a large bowl.
Put a handful of the snack in each
Basic Fruit Leather
(aka "Fruit Roll-ups")
Pureed fruit can be dried on special, heavy plastic sheets in your electric
To prepare apples or pears for leather making, wash fruit thoroughly,
remove seeds, puree
in a blender or food processor until smooth. Mixture should be of pouring
consistency. It is
important to add honey to help keep the leather pliable when dried. If the
puree is too
thick, add liquid to thin. If too tart, add more honey or sugar. Heat apple or
pear mixture to 190°
F to prevent oxidization, cool before pouring onto dehydrator trays. Coat
trays with a layer of
fruit puree about 1/8 inch thick. Dry at 135° F until leathery. Be careful
there are no moisture
pockets. Roll up fruit leather while warm, wrap in plastic and store.
Applesauce Puree for
Make applesauce by quartering the
apples, trimming off the blossom and stems ends,
put in pan and add a little water then simmer stirring frequently, until
soft. Then pu
t the cooked apples through a food mill or strainer to remove the peels and
Add about 1 tablespoon honey per cup of applesauce to keep the fruit
pliable so it can be rolled up. If it's too thick to spread easily, add
Fruit Leather Made
from Applesauce Puree
Lightly grease dehydrator trays
and spread puree evenly and thinly onto trays.
Set temperature at 130-140° F. (55-60° C.) and dry until fruit leather
feels dry and
pliable, with no sticky spots. Remove from trays and cut into pieces. Roll
paper and fasten rolls with a strip of freezer tape. For long-term
roll-ups in freezer bags or quart yogurt containers and store in freezer.
You can also make the fruit leather in your oven. Heat the oven to
Pour the pureed fruit onto cookie sheets that have been lightly sprayed with
spray, or lined with plastic wrap. Tilt the sheet around to distribute
the puree evenly.
Place the sheet into your oven and leave the door propped open slightly.
time will vary upon how much moisture is in your puree, but it'll take a
Leather dries from the outside edge toward the center. Test for dryness by
center of leather; no indention should be evident. While warm, peel from
plastic and roll,
allow to cool and rewrap the roll in plastic. For very short term storage
of about a week,
cut the rolled leather into bite sized pieces, lightly dust with
cornstarch, and wrap in
plastic wrap. And then store the plastic wrapped bites in air tight
Store in a cool, dry, dark place such as a pantry. For longer storage,
store the prepared
bite-sized rolls in air tight storage containers and store in refrigerator