Friday, August 11, 2006

Preschool Menus3

Homes with preschoolers need to provide adequate nutrition for the well-being and health of the children. The following menus and ideas will be helpful to Family Meal planners with preschool programs in their home.

Tips: Children learn from food experiences. Here are some suggestions from 35-40 years of working with preschoolers in both government and private day care systems.

Food for Thought: Grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:18

Bible Stories with foods:

January: May make snow people out of marshmallows. In the beginning: Use cookie cutters to make cookies and decorate like suns, moons, stars or even trees.
Noah and Ark: Cookie cutter fish or boats
February: Valentine’s Day: Talk about God’s Love and make heart-shaped cookies or toast.
March: Talk about missionaries like St. Patrick and make clover cookies or jello. May talk about Lottie Moon’s China involvement and make her favorite sugar cookies or Annie Armstrong’s life in New England and make ginger cookies.
April: Easter: Talk about Jesus’ love and may make Tomb egg-white cookies out of egg whites or cross cookies.
May: Talk about a mother like Ruth and make pancakes.
June: Talk about a father like David and make sheep cookies or musical notes.
July: Talk about how God blesses America and make flag cake using fruit for the colors on top.
August: Talk about how God wants boys and girls to learn. May make cake school bus or car shaped cake. Allow child to place Oreos for wheels and wafers for windows or gumdrops for rocks on the road. Talk about some boys and girls ride buses to school or child may ride in car to preschool or church. May make books with sandwich bread.
September: Talk about how people jobs people have to use their talents for the Lord and make tools out of candy or decorate a house cake made from ginger bread or make butter by shaking cream in a jar until it turns to butter.
October: Talk about harvest and decorate with corn stalks, pumpkins and gourds.
Make pumpkin cookies or pies with inside of pumpkins; allow child to help cut open. May place a candle inside and talk about Jesus is the Light of the world and shines in us.
May talk about Daniel and his healthy choice of vegetables (and fruits) and water (juices)
November: Talk about God’s blessings and allow child to tell things he/she is thankful for. May make turkey out of apple for body and gumdrops on toothpicks for legs and feathers.
December: Talk about Jesus born and make stars with cookie cutters or make tree jello or cake and allow child to decorate.

From the Nutritionist: Use a much fresh vegetables and fruits as you can. Take into consideration your budget, time of preparation, and what is in season.

AM Snack: Blueberry pancakes/milk
Lunch: Sloppy Joes/buns, corn, fruit cocktail, milk
PM Snack: Brownie, orange juice

AM Snack: Cinnamon biscuits, apple juice
Lunch: Macaroni & Cheese, Green peas, pineapple, milk
PM Snack: Chocolate cookie, milk

AM Snack: Applesauce, Teddy Grahams, milk
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich, mixed veggies, peaches, milk
PM Snack: Cheez-its, grape juice

AM Snack: pumpkin muffins, milk
Lunch: Steak nuggets, green beans, tator tots, banana pudding, milk
PM snack: Goldfish crackers, apple juice

AM Snack: Cereal, milk
Lunch: Fish sticks, fresh broccoli/cauliflower with dip, pears, bread, milk



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