By: Jennifer Murray

“Thankful” Pumpkin Bars with Alpha-Bits Cereal

This post is part of a campaign with Mom It Forward Blogger Network and Alpha-Bits, but all my opinions are my own.

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It’s November – the month of thankfulness. And couldn’t we all benefit from another helping of thankfulness?  We’ve been talking a lot about gratitude around here, and trying to be even more intentional with our kids during this season. But I have to admit, if I’m not having a grateful heart, it instantly rubs off on my boys.

All the more motivating to practice gratefulness in front of my kids. 

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We know that action is the best reinforcement, so instead of just talking about things we are grateful for, we put it into a fun cooking and decorating activity.

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We made these yummy pumpkin bars together (see recipe below), and they took turns adding ingredients and cracking eggs.  {We also used baking as an opportunity to apply fractions and measurement math skills.}

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While the bars baked and cooled, they told me what to write down on their “Things We Are Thankful For” list, and then they practiced reading the list. I love real-life learning.

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Next I had them sort through Alpha-Bits cereal, to spell their thankful words. Playing with your food is encouraged for this activity

I let them snack on the leftover cereal while I iced the Pumpkin Bars. {Alpha-Bits are a guilt-free delicious breakfast/snack for children. With 20g of whole grains and 12 essential vitamins and nutrients per 30g serving.}

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Then they got to decorate their bars with the Alpha-Bits cereal letters and gummy pumpkins. 

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Thankfulness. Family. Pumpkin. Fun with Learning.

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5 Responses to ““Thankful” Pumpkin Bars with Alpha-Bits Cereal”

  1. Crystal
    November 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    What a great lesson – and those pumpkin bars look delicious. We will have to try some activities with Alpha-Bits!
    Crystal recently posted.. Life Made Easier | AT&T Digital Life

  2. Ann-Marie
    November 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    You’re so good. Cooking/baking with my kids involves a lot of “stop licking your fingers and go wash your hands again”.
    Ann-Marie recently posted.. Veteran’s Day Freebies & Deals 2013

  3. Crystal
    November 9, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    What a great idea! I am counting down the days until I get all my kitchen stuff back…and oh, a kitchen….
    Crystal recently posted.. Surfacing for Breath

  4. Covington Grandma
    November 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    It warms my heart to see them being thankful for the most important things in life and also to be learning at the same time. We appreciate your patience in training the boys so diligently, Jen. And we are not leaving Brad out either. He is constantly teaching them about all the things around us.

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