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Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Kids will enjoy making this twist on a classic grilled cheese sandwich!  It’s a Turkey Sandwich without the turkey…  but how can that be?!  Using a knife to make 3 simple cuts transforms your plain sandwich into a silly turkey that will be gobbled up in no time!

Plus, it’s a clever way to get in a balanced meal of grains, dairy and veggies. I made a ham and grilled cheese in this example.  You can always sub out the ingredients if your child has food allergies or make a completely different type of sandwich.  Make it your own!  This is an easy lunch prep idea that older children can help with.

Feeding Therapy Ideas

When it comes to feeding therapy, one of the first concepts of helping kids break out of restrictive food choices is to change the shape of the preferred food.  By enlisting kids help to assemble the turkey they will also be interacting with each of the ingredients.  Take a more scientific approach and talk with your child about the different shapes, colors, smells and textures of the ingredients.

Do the different colored peppers taste different or the same?  What do you like better, the crunchy cracker texture or the soft sandwich texture?  Do you like hot sandwiches or cold sandwiches?  Talking about preferences and learning about the different characteristics of food gives kids a sense of control and also exposes them to interact with different or non-preferred foods in a fun way.

Positive associations around meal times, snacks and eating are all part of helping kids with feeding problems and strategies to use with your typical picky eater too!

Ingredients

  • Whole wheat bread
  • Butter
  • Cheddar cheese slices
  • Mini bell peppers or baby carrots
  • 1 round wheat cracker
  • 2 sliced olives
  • Optional:  lunch meat

Directions:

  1.  Make your sandwich.
  2. Cut into a triangle shape.
  3. Cut the 2 smaller triangles in half for the wings.
  4. Make the face:  Use 2 black olives for the eyes, a triangle slice of cheese for the beak and a small piece of red pepper for the gobbler.
  5. Cut the bell peppers and arrange into a feather pattern.

Enjoy!

STEP 1:  Cut the sandwich.

STEP 2:  Build your turkey.

STEP 3: Gobble it up!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Cookie

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookie

These tiny Turkey Cookies will be gobbled up in no time!

Use ready made ingredients to assemble this Thanksgiving Turkey Cookie craft.  There are several skills that your child will practice to make these adorable cookies, whether it’s a single treat or a flock of sweet turkeys to grace your Thanksgiving dessert table.

Your child will improve fine motor skills while using a a knife to spread and scissors to snip!  Learning to hold a knife properly to spread the frosting and snipping with scissors are fun ways to improve utensil use.  Challenge dexterity by placing 5 candy corns in the palm of the hand, then shift the candy corns from the palm of the hand to your thumb pad and index finger tip without help from the other hand.  This fine motor coordination skill is called palm to finger translation.

Picking up these tiny chocolate morsels is excellent for developing a pincer grasp (pinch between thumb and index finger). An alternative is to buy the ready made candy eyeballs, which will be easier for younger children to grasp.  To challenge and practice  fine motor skills, enlist your child in making several Turkey Cookies arranged on a plate as a colorful centerpiece at your next fall gathering!

Turkey Cookie

Ingredients

  • 1 Nilla wafer Cookie
  • 1 Mini Nilla Wafer Cookie
  • 1 Mini Marshmallow
  • 2 Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 5-6 candy corns
  • 1 orange slice
  • 1 dried cranberry (Craisins)
  • Chocolate frosting

Supplies:  Knife, scissors, toothpick (optional). 

Other Ideas:  Use red gummy candy or licorice for the gobbler.  If using an Oreo cookie for the body, stick the candy corn tips sandwiched between top and bottom half. Then place the head on top.

Directions

  1. Body: Spread the frosting over the Nilla Wafer Cookie.
  2. Head: Stick the Mini Nilla wafer on the bottom half of the body.
  3. Feathers: Place 5 candy corns in a semi-circle shape above the head.
  4. Eyes: Using scissors, cut a marshmallow in half and put the sticky side down for 2 eyes.  Add chocolate chip to the center of each eye. Press the pointy side of the chip into the marshmallow.
  5. Beak and gobbler: Cut a small triangle shape from the orange slice and a thin strip of dried cranberry for the gobbler.  Place the gobbler next to the beak.

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Fine Motor Clothespin Turkey

Fine Motor Clothespin Turkey

Clip-on clothespin feathers are the perfect accessory for this turkey’s dressing!  This cute and clever Thanksgiving craft is perfect for preschoolers to strengthen their fine motor skills. It also involves following directions and is excellent practice for fine motor skills such as cutting, coloring, gluing and pinching.  Pinching clothespins helps strengthen the muscles important for developing dexterity.

Pinching is a necessary fine motor skill to help support your child’s independence during every day routines such as pulling up a zipper, pinching buttons to poke them through the hole or when grasping a crayon or pencil.

Clothespin Turkey

Supplies

  • Small paper plate
  • Construction paper: brown, orange
  • Markers
  • 9 clothespins
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Watch the video to follow these simple directions.

 

CLICK ON THE VIDEO BELOW

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Spooktacular Halloween OT Activities

Spooktacular Halloween OT Activities

Halloween is almost here!  Enjoy these festive “OT Tested and Kid Approved” Halloween activities while supporting your child’s development.   Discover the therapeutic benefits of these Halloween inspired therapy activities to do at home or in the clinic.

Pumpkin Bash

There’s something so satisfying about pounding pegs into a pumpkin!  Channel your child’s desire to hit or pound something with this Pumpkin Bash activity.  Using a wooden mallet to pound push-pins or golf tees into a pumpkin provides practice for fine motor skills and eye hand coordination. Picking up the push-pins or golf tees promotes a pincer grasp and overall hand and finger dexterity. CLICK HERE

Jack O’ Lantern Cookie

These cute Jack O’ Lantern Cookies are SO easy to make it’s scary! Use ready-made ingredients to assemble this Halloween cookie craft.  There are several skills that your child will practice assembling these adorable cookies Your child will improve fine motor skills while using a spoon to mix, a knife to spread and scissors to snip!   Mixing requires strength and the use of two hands (one to hold the container and the other to stir with a spoon).  Learning to hold a knife properly to spread the frosting and snipping candy straws with scissors is a fun way to improve utensil use. 

Use this recipe for handwriting practice and executive functioning skills. Your child will benefit from the handwriting practice while practicing their sequencing skills to follow the directions for reach step.  Have your child write out the steps before making their cookie… this strategy has always been an effective incentive to write a neat and sequential recipe with a sweet reward at the end.  CLICK HERE 

 

Spooktacular Snacks

These cheesy quesadillas are to die for!  Use your favorite cheese and experiment with different types of tortillas or colored wraps.  Use scissors to cut out ghost and monster shapes.  Cutting through tortillas strengthens little hands because there’s more resistance than when cutting through paper.  Pro tip:  Remember thumbs on top when cutting. Add colorful toppings to make the faces. Talk about the colors and the different types of faces (scary, happy, sad) that you can make with various veggie ingredients!  CLICK HERE

Pumpkin Balloon Fidget

Is your child constantly touching things?  Does your student have trouble sitting still while listening or while waiting?   Do you ever find yourself saying, “Keep your hands to yourself!”  If the answer is yes, then this Pumpkin Balloon Fidget is a super sensory solution for fidgety kids. Whether your child is feeling anxious or seeking touch input, this little Pumpkin Fidget helps keep busy hands busy.  Or use a white balloon to make a cute, squishable ghost!  CLICK HERE

Keep in mind, from a sensory perspective, kids with sensory processing challenges appear as if they can’t seem to stop the need to keep touching things or constantly fidget when required to sit still.  When it comes to sensory processing, your child’s nervous system responds to stress, overwhelm, excitement, or in some cases boredom, in different ways.

In occupational therapy, we use fidgets to 1.)  Help kids maintain their focus  2.)  Help satisfy the need to constantly touch things  3.)  Strengthen hands and fingers by providing a repetitive resistance exercise (squeezing and pinching).  

Spooky Slime Recipe

Let’s get messy!  In occupational therapy we have a few good and gooey reasons to make slime!  Introducing different textures in a fun way can help some kids improve their tolerance to wet and sticky textures.  When your child can tolerate other wet and squishy textures such as finger paint and playdough, making slime may be a fun thing to try.  CLICK HERE

Playing with slime can help satisfy a kid’s sensory need to constantly touch things for kids who are sensory seekers for touch input and can have a calming, regulating effect.

Pushing, pulling, stretching, rolling and pinching slime strengthen hands and fingers by providing a repetitive resistance exercise.  Picking and pulling out hidden items out improves finger dexterity and precision.

Wishing you a safe and Happy Halloween!

Jack O’ Lantern Cookie

Jack O’ Lantern Cookie

These cute Jack O’ Lantern Cookies are SO easy to make it’s scary!

Use ready made ingredients to assemble this Halloween cookie craft.  There are several skills that your child will practice to make these adorable cookies, whether it’s a single treat or a platter of pumpkins to bring to your next party.

Your child will improve fine motor skills while using a spoon to mix, a knife to spread and scissors to snip!   Mixing requires strength and the use of two hands (one to hold the container and the other to stir with a spoon).  Learning to hold a knife properly to spread the frosting and snipping with scissors are fun ways to improve utensil use.

And did you know that chocolate chips can be therapeutic?  You don’t ever have to convince me to eat chocolate!  However, picking up these tiny chocolate morsels is excellent for developing hand dexterity, especially pincer grasp (pinch between thumb and index finger). You can get several repetitions in if you decorate lots of little pumpkins.

Add to the challenge by placing the chocolate chips on the face with the pointy sides up.  This will make the face look like a classically carved pattern with a triangle-shaped nose and eyes.  Decide whether your Jack o’ Lantern’s mouth will be happy, sad or scary!  However, no matter how scary these Jack O’ Lantern Cookies try to be… they’ll always be cute, little pumpkins that’ll get gobbled up faster than you can say “goblin”.

Jack O’Lantern Cookie

Ingredients

  • Oreos or other round cookies
  • Mini Chocolate chips
  • Orange frosting OR Vanilla frosting and red and yellow food coloring
  • Green Sour Punch Straws

Supplies

  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Scissors
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