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A Pumpkin Spread Snack Idea


Its Pumpkin Season!!

In fact, kids love to explore pumpkins and yes..taste the pumpkin too! Last week, as I walked through my Child Care Center, I observed the toddlers creating a pumpkin friend with Bagels, pumpkin spread and raisins.

The kids were so engaged in the activity and could hardly wait to taste their creations. Today I want to share the recipe and step by step instructions on how to make a Pumpkin snack for the children in your child Care Business to enjoy.

** Be sure to check for pumpkin allergies

You will need the following:

  • Canned Pumpkin Spread (1 can for every 10 children)
  • Cinnamon
  • Large Box of Raisins
  • Bagel half
  • Spoons
  • Raw or Organic Sugar
  • Paper towels
  • Medium size bowl to mix the pumpkin spread
  • Can opener
  • A Fork to mix the ingredients

Step by Step Instructions

Ahead of time set out all the ingredients & materials (listed above) on the table for the children to see. Have the children to wash their hands before sitting at the table.

Give each child a paper towel with a slice of bagel. Open the canned pumpkin, invite one child to pour the spread into the bowl. Then invite other children to help add the sugar and cinnamon to the spread.

Next, invite a child to mix the pumpkin spread. Then give each child a slice of bagel, pass the bowl of pumpkin spread around the table and invite each child to get a large scoop of pumpkin spread to spread on their bagel.

After each child spreads the pumpkin spread on their bagel, be sure that each child has the recommended serving size of raisins to add to their bagel.

Finally, encourage the children to create facial features for their pumpkin friends by using the raisins to create the eyes, nose and the mouth; then enjoy! Be sure to take pictures!!

This snack meets the Child Care Adult and Food program guidelines.

Grain: Bagel

Fruit/veg: Raisins/Pumpkin

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Til next time…


Can You Use More Spring Activity Ideas?

I love it when spring comes, because at my child care center; the kids are provided with a wealth of spring time activities including:

  • Gardening
  • Making kites
  • Caterpillar Art
  • Flower collages
  • Painting Rainbows
  • Flowers in the science area and so much more!

If you follow my Learning Days page on Facebook, you may have noticed that I upload weekly classroom activities and I must say that the kids are enjoying the spring activities.

Today I want to inspire you to create a spring like environment in your program by assuring that children are provided with fun and enriching spring activities.

Check out some of the spring activities that my staff has planned for the kids at Learning Days. I take the privacy of the children in my facility very seriously, so please note that I have intentionally excluded pictures of the kids in this blog post.

The School-age kids created this bulletin board!


Grass is growing in our science area


The kids are growing herbs: Parsley and Basil

I found this picture in my Facebook Weekly Activity folder from Spring 2010! This is a "Ducks in the Pond" Activity in the Sensory Table.


The kids can stop by the flower shop to check out or buy flowers. You may even notice that there are pictures from home and garden magazines. The shop was created by Vennie Randolph.


This was just a small list of Spring Activities that you will see in my childcare center during the spring months, however, today I discovered a Pinterest page that will give you a variety of spring ideas for your childcare business…Check it out!

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With Fun Spring Activities in Mind,

Shiketa Morgan

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