Edible Santa Claus

Ingredients:

  • Pancake or toast without crust (face)
  • Raspberries or sliced strawberries (hat and nose)
  • Sliced bananas (eyes and beard)
  • Blueberries (center of eyes)
  • Yogurt and unsweetened shredded coconut (pompom and hat border)
  • Small plate for each child
  • Butter knife for each child
  • Plastic wrap to cover Santa Claus and share with families

Directions:

  1. Read a story related to the theme.
  2. Teach children about fruit portions with the help of the Canada’s Food Guide. Ask questions about what children know and would like to know about fruit. Make a brainstorming list with them.
  3. Sing and dance to the theme.
  4. Add empty clean strawberry/blueberry/raspberry containers in the block play area and the drama play area (kitchen corner).
  5. Invite children to wash hands and sit down to each prepare a Santa Claus.
  6. Teach children how to use a knife and cut a banana on their plate.
  7. Let children be guided by their creativity (they do not need to make a Santa if they rather make a Christmas tree for example.) They can choose to place the fruit where they want on their plate.
  8. Invite Santa Claus or an elf to come and talk about healthy eating.
  9. Take photos during the project and post them on walls. Invite children to also take pictures.
  10. During “Circle Time” ask children what they have learned and document their learning. Invite them to draw what they have learned. Share with parents and co-workers.
  11. Make your own bread crumbs by saving and drying out bread ends and crusts
  12. Get the children involved in the kitchen by grating the zucchini and cheese, mixing, measuring and forming the patties.

 

Source: Blessed Beyond Crazy

The children are responding well to physical activity and are learning that their beating hearts say “Thank you” when they exercise.

- Pre-K Teacher, SK