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Pumpkin Parfait {with SpeechSnacks for Pick-a-Pumpkin Word Game}

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Fall is a great time to introduce new and nutrient-dense foods and flavors to your kiddos.  With such a great variety of beautiful squashes in season, this is a great opportunity to sneak some important vitamins and minerals into their diets —namely, beta carotene which is found in pumpkin.  In addition, pumpkin is extremely high in fiber and low in calories,  contains disease-fighting nutrients, including potassium, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and vitamins C and E.   Although I love using pumpkin in my baked goods, I recently discovered a great way to use pureed pumpkin without cooking it.  (I used canned organic, pure pumpkin—do not use pumpkin pie mix for this recipe.)  This parfait  doubles as a breakfast or dessert for anyone who is itching for a fall-inspired treat!   Check out the amazing combination of healthy ingredients used to create this lovely autumn concoction and I think you will have a hard time deciding whether to eat it first thing in the morning or as a delicious treat to end your day.

I’ve created a Halloween-themed versatile game using templates and symbols from  Custom Boards by Smarty Ears

Print out the  PICK-A-PUMPKIN  game boards and use with a set of dice HERE!!!!

 

Each of the four pumpkin templates consists of a different set of words:  SET 1—Halloween ADJECTIVES, SET 2–Halloween NOUNS, SET 3–Present tense VERBS, SET 4—more Halloween NOUNS. 

GAME OPTIONS:

OPTION 1: Use the templates to address SENTENCES FORMATION.  Write a number in each circle from 1-9–on each template.  Roll the dice.  Pick the word that corresponds with the number on each template.  ie:  Template 1 : DREADFUL, Template 2: GOBLIN,  Template 3:   CACKLE,  Template 4: FOG.  Create a sentence from these words “The dreadful goblin cackled in the fog.”

OPTION 2:  AUDITORY MEMORY/SEQUENCING: Pick one word from each template and ask your students to repeat each word.  i.e. “ghoulish, bat, carve, demon”  You can add more words or use less depending on the ability level of the student.

OPTION 3: CATEGORIZATION:  Use each pumpkin template to BUILD VOCABULARY.  ie:  Name some more NOUNS that are Halloween words.  Name more DESCRIBING WORDS that are associated with Halloween.

OPTION 4: TARGET SPEECH SOUNDS:  Choose template picture symbols that contain speech sounds you may be addressing with students in therapy.

OPTION 5:  IDENTIFY PARTS OF SPEECH:  Randomly give your students  words from the templates and ask them to label the words with the correct part of speech: NOUN, ADJECTIVE, or VERB.

OPTION 6:  ELABORATE ON IDEAS/BUILD DESCRIBING SKILLS:  Use individual templates as “I Spy” game boards.  Ask your students to take turns describing and giving clues about the picture.  The rest of the group must guess which picture is being described. 

DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER WAY TO USE THE PUMPKINS TO ADDRESS SPEECH AND LANGUAGE GOALS???  I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS! 

 

 

Overnight Pumpkin Parfait

Ingredients:

(these measurements yield ONE serving—increase accordingly!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup 0% plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 3 Tbsp pure pumpkin puree
  • ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, & cloves to taste
  • 2 Tbsp honey or brown sugar
  • splash of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large banana, peeled & sliced
  • 4 squares whole wheat graham crackers, (equivalent of 2 sheets)—I used cinnamon graham crackers for a little extra flavor 

Directions:

The night before you intend to eat the parfait, combine the oats, yogurt, milk, pumpkin, spices, and vanilla extract in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap
and refrigerate overnight.

LET THE KIDDOS POUR AND MIX THE INGREDIENTS—-THEY WILL BE MORE LIKELY TO TRY NEW FOODS IF THEY CAN SEE, TASTE and, TOUCH WHAT YOU ARE MAKING—IT WILL TAKE SOME OF THE MYSTERY OUT OF ATTEMPTING NEW FOODS!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                  

 

 

Also the night before, place the banana slices in a Ziploc bag and freeze overnight.

COMPARE THE FROZEN BANANAS TO THE FRESH BANANAS.  TALK TO YOUNG CHILDREN ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE AND HOW /WHY THE BANANAS BECAME FROZEN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the morning, place the frozen banana slices into a food processor (or
high-speed blender) and process/blend until smooth and creamy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place the graham crackers into a plastic bag and crush with a skillet or
other heavy item until they turn into coarse crumbs.

WHAT FUN FOR KIDDOS (AND ADULTS TOO!)  USE A ROLLING PIN TO BREAK UP THE GRAHAM CRACKERS INTO SMALL PIECES

 

 

 

Layer the cold pumpkin spice oats with the banana soft serve and graham cracker crumbs.  Enjoy!

REVIEW ALL THE INGREDIENTS USED TO MAKE THIS HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS TREAT—SEE HOW MANY INGREDIENTS THE KIDS CAN RECALL AND WHICH SPICES THEY CAN IDENTIFY AS THEY EAT THEIR PARFAITS !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This recipe idea was based on a post found at Healthy Foods For Living.  It has been modified to suit this blog.

 

An Olympic Bagel Breakfast—{with SpeechSnacks for “I SPY Ring Things!”}

I SPY RING THINGS!

I love the Olympics and all the excitement surrounding it—from the impressive and entertaining opening ceremonies to the edge of your seat performances and split second finishes that separate gold from bronze by a fraction of a point or hundredth of a second.  The spirit of competition and incredible background stories about athletes from around the world is truly inspiring!   The symbol of the games, the Olympic Rings, is an image we are all familiar with, no matter what country you hail from, however do you know what the rings stand for??  After doing a little research I found out the true meaning of the rings.  Read these facts to your students and asking them to recall the details.  So many great opportunities to practice asking and answering “WH” questions:

  • The  symbol of the Olympic Games is composed of five interlocking rings, colored  blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white field.
  • The colors of the rings  represent the flags of the countries that participate in the Olympics.
  • Every  flag of a country participating in the Olympics includes one of those colors.
  • The five interlocking rings represent the five continents brought together by  the Olympic Movement, or the five main regions: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
  • As it says in the Olympic  Charter, the five-ringed symbol “represents the union of the five continents and  the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.”

How many rings make up the Olympic symbol?

What are the colors of the rings?

How do the rings relate to the flags of different nations?

What do the 5 rings represent?

Name some Winter Olympic events.

Where are the Olympics being held?

Now that you know what the rings symbolize…let’s get down to the business of turning this icon into a breakfast or snack fit to feed an Olympic athlete!!    Use this opportunity to discuss SEQUENCING (print out the pictures below and order them by FIRST, NEXT, THEN, LAST), VOCABULARY BUILDING and CATEGORIZATION for SHAPES (other things shaped like a ring), FRUITS (can you think of other fruits or toppings that can be substituted for the ones used?? ) COLORS (can you think of other red, green, yellow things??)

OLYMPIC BAGELS

First, toast the bagels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, spread on cream cheese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, cut up the fruits.   red=strawberries, blue=blueberries, green=green apples, yellow-bananas, black=black mission figs

 

WHAT OTHER FRUITS COULD YOU SUBSTITUTE ???

 

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Last, add sliced up fruit toppings to each bagel in the correct color pattern as the Olympic Rings.

 

Here are a few other foods I found in the aisles of the grocery store that are ring shaped (dried pineapple rings, cheerios,  onion ring snacks)—-what other ring-shaped foods can you think of??  Go on a food scavenger hunt with your kiddos the next time you are grocery shopping and see what you come up with!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I SPY RING THINGS!–Print it out here!

One person can be the designated clue giver or take turns describing the ring-shaped items.  Use the carrier phrase “I spy something ring shaped that….”  and give a clue describing the item you want the other players to guess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you guess the answer with just one clue??  Get awarded with a Gold Medal!  Need two clues?  You win Silver!  Three or more clues?  Take home the Bronze!

 

Olympic Medals—GOLD–SILVER–BRONZE

Print out multiple copies to play the game.  You will need more than three of each medal depending on how many clues it takes to guess the answer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast Casserole— {with SpeechSnacks for Dr. Seuss’ birthday! }

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March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday (and National Read Across America Day!!)  And of course I  couldn’t resist the opportunity to post a recipe inspired by the title of one of his most popular children’s books, Green Eggs and Ham.    I know Dr. Seuss would have enjoyed my rendition of Green Eggs and Ham—and I hope you do too!!        Keep scrolling through this week’s post for some great ideas to use in therapy while reading Green Eggs and Ham with your kiddos, as well as some very amusing ways one Principal connects with his students on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, and finally a great activity from the world of “apps” that’s all about CATS!!   Continue reading “Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast Casserole— {with SpeechSnacks for Dr. Seuss’ birthday! }” »

Baked Oatmeal with dried cherries and apricots–{and Speech Snacks for /l/}

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Nothing starts off a cold wintry morning better than a bowl of hearty, warm, good-for-you baked oatmeal.  Not only is it absolutely delicious, it is nutrient dense, a great source of energy to fuel your busy day and a great way to send your kids off to school—and best of all, you can prepare this version the night before and bake it in the morning! Continue reading “Baked Oatmeal with dried cherries and apricots–{and Speech Snacks for /l/}” »

Sunday Morning Almond Pancakes and Blueberry Sauce {with speech snacks for ‘WH’ questions}

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****ASD (Autism-Spectrum Disorder)/ADHD Friendly RECIPE*****

Almond Pancakes

Almonds are an incredible source of vitamins and minerals, namely Vitamin E and manganese. They are packed with many important B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, panothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folate.

Almonds are GLUTEN FREE! This recipe is great for children with ADHD or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). It’s the perfect alternative for parents following a gluten and casein free (GFCF) diet for their children.

For this recipe, you will need ALMOND MEAL (not Almond Flour). Almond meal is finely crushed almonds–that’s all! I use almond meal as a substitute in many recipes that call for white flour and/or bread crumbs. (You can purchase almond meal at Trader Joe’s in 1 lb. bags where it is very reasonably priced and budget friendly.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

1 cup almond meal

3 large eggs

1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4-1/2 cup SILK soymilk (this brand states that it is casein-free),

3 Tbsp. Agave sweetener

 

Eggs are casein free and almonds are gluten free—perfect for children with ASD or ADHD and following a GFCF diet.

 

Mix all ingredients together until a batter forms. (Batter will be thick. Use 1/4-1/2 cup milk to thin the batter. Pour batter onto a buttered or greased skillet over medium heat until both sides are golden brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This recipe will make 15-20 small-medium sized pancakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A quick and simple blueberry syrup is delicious with these pancakes–and blueberries will provide some extra health benefits, namely antioxidants and vitamin C. Add 1 cup frozen blueberries to a pan and warm over low heat. Add 1/4 cup of agave nectar, honey or pure maple syrup.

 

 

 

 

 

Complete this meal with gluten-free, casein free, nitrate free turkey bacon….perfect for serving children on a GFCF diet!!!

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Today’s “Speech Snack“:

  • Let your kids help with counting, measuring and mixing the ingredients
  • Compare the DRY ingredients to the WET mixture
  • ASK THEM:”What happens when we add the milk?”
  • Put some butter on the heated skillet and watch it melt
  • ASK:“Why is the butter melting?”
  • Pour the batter on the skillet
  • ASK: “What happened to the batter?” and “How does the pancake look different when it’s flipped?”
  • Have your kids use their FIVE SENSES while making the pancakes and ask: WHAT do you hear? What do you see?” “How does it smell?” “How do they taste?” “How do they feel?”
  • ASK: “What shape is a pancake?” Name some other objects that are shaped like a circle to work on CATEGORIZATION and VOCABULARY BUILDING

Here are some great stories to have fun reading with your kids about PANCAKES!

Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola

Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle

Pancakes for Findus by Sven Nordqvist

Pancake Dreams by Ingmarie Ahvander

If you Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff

Curious George Makes Pancakes by Margaret and H. A. Rey

 

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