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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

For more menu ideas, Download your copy of the Healthy Child Care menus ebook.

Til next time…


Sweeten Up Snack Time With Apples!

One of the benefits of caring for young children is the simple fact that you have the opportunity to provide healthy and delicious meals! Moreover, as a childcare provider, your role is very important in assuring that children are provided with healthy meals. Furthermore, Kids love to eat, so why not serve more fruits that they love, such as Apples!

Also, as I write this blog post, we are less than a week away from September and when I think of the month of September,  I think of APPLES!

In fact, Apples are loaded with nutrition and makes a sweet delicious snack. In 2010, a nutritional consultant hosted a healthy eating training with my staff and I. After that training, we decided to serve more whole fruits and serve less cookies & cakes.

Today I am going to share with you, 10 delicious and “sweet” healthy snack ideas that includes….A-P-P-L-E-S! (The snacks below meets the CACFP Guidelines)

  1. Apple Slices  and Peanut butter *** In the event of a peanut allergy, serve deli meat
  2. Apple slices and Yogurt
  3. Apples Slices and Cheese Slices
  4. Apples Slices and Wheat Crackers
  5. Apples Slices and Pretzels
  6. Apples Slices and Graham Crackers
  7. Apples Slices and Rice Cakes w/peanut butter
  8. Apples Slices and Animal Crackers
  9. Apples Slices and Gold Fish Crackers
  10. Apples Slices, Tortilla Chips and Salsa Dip

If you incorporate at least 2 of the snack listed above on your weekly  menu, you will have snack ideas for 5-weeks! For more snack or menu planning ideas, be sure to check out my Healthy Child Care menus ebook.

With Healthy Kids in Mind,


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