Spring is finally here and it’s time to start planning some new activities for the season! Since Easter is coming soon I decided to kick off the Spring season with Bunny Mix. This is one of my favorite recipes….Crunchy and Sweet is a great combination! I do this cooking activity both as a whole class lesson or with small groups. I created both a visual recipe and a written recipe depending on students’ abilities. The first 3 ingredients are popcorn, pretzels, and Rice Chex. I have the popcorn already popped to save time and you can also use gluten free pretzels if you want to make the recipe gluten free. I use these three ingredients to work on first, second, and third concepts. After we put the item in the bowl I put a number 1, 2, or 3 on the food item to provide the visual support for understanding sequencing concepts.
After the kids finish eating the Bunny Mix I have them complete the comprehension questions. Use either the visual questions or written questions depending on the student’s ability. Have the students refer back to the recipe to help answer the questions.
Follow-up Sequencing Task. Cut out the 3 pictures – Popcorn, Pretzel Sticks, and Rice Chex. You can have your students cut out their own pictures if you want to work on some fine motor skills. The occupational therapist I work with has my younger students use adapted scissors to work on cutting out the pictures. Then have the kids place the pictures in the correct order and glue them on the page. If the students need some additional prompting you can hold up the items again with the numbers on them or refer back to the recipe.
Hope your students enjoy Bunny Mix as much as mine do!