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Kid-Friendly "Turkey" Sandwich

11/04/2013 10:28 ● By Rick McGarry

Here’s a simple idea for an after-school snack that kids can make for themselves. As an added bonus, it will help you use some of that candy corn that you probably have sitting around now that Halloween is past. My two little turkeys, Mia, age 6, and Logan, age 4, really enjoyed making their “turkey” sandwiches. It’s easy to please even the pickiest eaters when you give them the chance to play with their food!

Ingredients for One Open-Faced  Sandwich:
• 1 slice of bread
• Peanut butter (If peanut butter is a no-no at your house, try apple butter.)
• 2 raisins (or peanuts, chocolate chips, M&Ms, 1 grape cut in half, etc.)
• 1 dried cranberry (or strawberry jam)
• 2 stick pretzels (or baby carrots)
• 1 candy corn (or section of baby carrot)
• 5-6 tiny pretzel twists (or popcorn pieces)

1. Spread peanut butter onto a slice of bread. Depending on kids’ ages, they may be able to do this by themselves.
2. Set other food items on the plate beside the bread and allow kids to assemble their own “turkey” sandwich. We used a candy corn for the beak, a dried cranberry for the wattle, two raisins for the eyes, two stick pretzels for the legs, and some tiny twist pretzels for the tail feathers. 

• Note: Use whatever ingredients you have on hand and don’t worry if the turkeys don’t turn out the way that you expected them to. The fun part is seeing what your children will come up with. Logan created a turkey that reminded me more of Picasso than Butterball. However, he found it just as tasty as his sister found her picture-perfect sandwich masterpiece.

3. No matter how they decorate these “turkey” sandwiches, children will enjoy gobbling up their creations!


Former teacher Meg Koenemann enjoys being a stay-at-home mom of two. For more kids' crafts and other family fun, visit her blog, Because I Said So (and Other Mommyisms).
Meg tells how to build a dried bean turkey collage on page 18 of the November issue of Livingston Parent Journal

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