Classroom Recipes: Banana Snowman

Do you love making classroom recipes with your students? It really is a great way to encourage hands-on-learning!

Winter is the perfect time for learning about snow and snowmen. We love unit studies!!

Let me show you how easy it is to make this banana snowman using limited ingredients and supplies! Perfect for the classroom and healthy too!

banana snowman classroom recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced (3 banana slices for each snowman)
  • 5 mini chocolate chips
  • 1 pretzel stick
  • 1 baby carrot
  • 1 strawberry, sliced into quarters

Other Supplies:

  • butter knife

First, gather up your supplies.

Obviously, you can make several snowmen out of one banana. The carrot and strawberry can also be used to make many snowmen.

banana snowman recipe

This is perfect for letting the kids assemble.

Take three banana slices and line them up as illustrated below.

Use two mini chocolate chips for the eyes.

Use the other three for the buttons on the snowman.

Slice a sliver of the carrot off and poke it into the top banana slice under the eyes to serve as the nose.

Break the pretzel stick in half and these will serve as the arms. Poke them into the middle banana slice.

Place one of the strawberry quarter slices above the top banana slice to serve as the hat.

how to make a banana snowman

 

Kids will love assembling and eating these adorable snowmen.

This is also a very good classroom recipe that encourages following directions if you decide to have the class assemble their own snack as you share the instructions aloud.

Enjoy!

More Snow Activities:

These will go perfectly with your snow unit study!

Printable Valentine Beginning Sounds Game

Are you always on the lookout for hands-on activities to make learning fun in your preschool or kindergarten classroom?

Here’s a fun Valentine’s Day game to help your kids learn letter sounds!

They will have a blast matching alphabet candy hearts to the pictures with the corresponding letter sound.

Printable Alphabet Conversation Heart Beginning Sounds Printable Game

Valentine Beginning Sounds Game


The sounds that occur in the beginning of words are those young children often learn to recognize first.

Learning how to isolate a sound, or phoneme, is an important part of the emergent literacy process.

When children can hear, isolate, and identify letter sounds they will be well prepared to start on the path towards reading success.

Supplies Needed


To prepare the Valentine Beginning Sounds game you will need the following supplies:

Valentine Alphabet Conversation Heart Beginning Letter Sounds Printable Game

How to Prepare the Valentine Beginning Sounds Game


First, get your alphabet candy hearts- I found mine at Target. If you can’t find the alphabet candy hearts or aren’t allowed to use candy, letter tiles or paper hearts with letters written on top will work just fine.

Next, print the Valentine beginning sounds mats on cardstock and laminate for durability.

Then, give one game mat to each child in your small group and place a container of Valentine hearts in the middle of the table.

How to Play the Valentine Beginning Sounds Game

First, review the pictures on the game mats with your small group to support vocabulary development.

Next, model how to select a Valentine candy heart and match it to the correct picture on the game mat. You may need to model this process several times to ensure success.

Then, invite the children to practice playing the game independently while you observe.

Click here to download the Valentine Beginning Sound Game.

More Valentine’s Day Resources:
Best Valentine’s Books for Kids
Printable Valentine Treat Bag Toppers
Magnetic Valentine Sight Word Activity
Valentine Syllable Activity
Valentine Beginning Sounds Activity
Valentine Fine Motor Activities
Valentine Heart Chocolate Playdough

Valentine's Day Pinterest Board
Follow my Valentine’s Day board on Pinterest for more great ideas!

Valentine Heart Chocolate Playdough

Do your kids love to play with playdough? Use this easy recipe to create chocolate playdough for Valentine’s Day!

Your kids will love creating special Valentine treats with this delicious smelling dough.

Playdough is also a great way to incorporate fine motor practice and provide opportunities for developing creativity and imagination.

Chocolate Playdough Recipe for Valentine's Day
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Valentine Heart Chocolate Play Dough


Making different types of dough is perfect for keeping kids interested and engaged at your play dough center.

You can easily breathe new life into your playdough center by adding different props and tools every few weeks.

Chocolate Playdough Recipe for Valentine's Day Fun in Preschool

Chocolate Play Dough Recipe


This recipe for chocolate play dough is super easy, if I can make it anybody can!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. cream of tartar (I buy it in bulk to save money)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

This recipe makes a big batch of playdough, enough for 4-6 children to easily play with.

You can also add some buttons, beads, or other materials for the kids to use to decorate their chocolate cupcakes.

How to Make Chocolate Play Dough


First, pour all ingredients into a saucepan and cook over low heat while stirring and mixing.

When it starts to thicken and resemble dough, remove from the heat and let cool. When cool, knead the dough until it is smooth.

Remind your children that playdough isn’t for eating. If your kids like to put things in their mouths then you will need to provide close supervision or choose another activity.

Chocolate Playdough for Valentine's Day in Preschool

Chocolate Play Dough Tools


Now you’re ready to have fun with your chocolate play dough!

Supplies Needed

The tongs I used came with an Easter egg dying kit I bought years ago; they’re perfect for practicing fine motor skills.

You can recycle chocolate boxes for playdough fun too!

Children can roll balls of dough to represent chocolates and then use the tongs to transfer the chocolates to the candy box.

The rolling pin also offers great opportunities for fine motor practice; use the heart cookie cutters to make chocolate hearts.

More Valentine’s Day Resources:
Best Valentine’s Books for Kids
Printable Valentine Treat Bag Toppers
Magnetic Valentine Sight Word Activity
Valentine Syllable Activity
Valentine Beginning Sounds Activity
Valentine Fine Motor Activities

Valentine's Day Pinterest Board
Follow my Valentine’s Day board on Pinterest for more great ideas!

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