. In the Kitchen with Hadley and Lizzy: Thanksgiving Edition

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Parent Blog

Welcome to our second segment of In the Kitchen with Hadley and Lizzy! At Pediatrics Plus, we are committed to promoting and encouraging healthy child development tips and activities that you and your family can try at home. 

Cooking with your child is one of the best ways to make connections across and amongst many disciplines. Children learn by touching, tasting, seeing, feeling, and listening. By spending time in the kitchen with your child, you are teaching science in action; helping to lay down basic math skills, reading and time-telling skills; encouraging healthy food choices; building confidence and creativity; enhancing communication and deepening connections with your child.

This week, the girls have brought in a special guest, Logan, to teach us how to make Turkey Cheese Balls!

When starting on your cooking adventure, remember these helpful tips:

  • Children have short attention spans so give them quick, simple jobs
  • Give instructions one at a time
  • Expect children to spill things and make a mess; it’s part of the fun!
  • Include cleaning-up as part of the activity

 

Turkey Cheese Ball

turkey cheese ball

 

8 oz cream cheese softened
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Combine all ingredients well, then shape into a ball. Add oval shaped crackers for tail feathers, pecan halves for feathers, and a bell pepper slice for the head.

Enjoy!