ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Picnic Food: At the Zoo

Monday, June 1, 2009

Picnic Food: At the Zoo

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Packing a picnic for the zoo? Try some of these clever ideas from Perpetual Preschooler.

Zebra Sandwiches
Using a sliced white loaf of bread, butter and hazelnut spread on four slices. Layer the slices spread side up, adding a plain piece of bread on the top. Use cookie cutters or simply cut into four. The children love to count the number of 'stripes' they can see before eating!

Colorful Zoo Creatures
Using Q-tips or new water color brushes, paint animal crackers with edible paint made from corn syrup and food coloring. The children never have anything to show for all their hard work, but their tummies are happy!

Lion Sandwiches
Spread mustard and mayonnaise on the flat side of a hamburger bun. Place a piece of bologna and a piece of American Cheese on the bun. Sprinkle grated Cheddar and Swiss cheese around the circumference of the bun to represent the lion's mane. Toast in a toaster oven until cheese is melted. Garnish with green pepper for the mouth, olives for eyes, and a small piece of carrot for the nose.

Cracker Cage
Spread peanut butter on a graham cracker. Add an animal cracker zoo creature. Cage in your animal with black licorice ropes.

Picnic Table Talk

This week's picnic table talk will be all about the ABC's!

Here are a few post options for you to start thinking about and getting ready to link up on Thursday!

~What is your favorite activity that you've done (new or archived posts) to teach a letter of the alphabet?
~Tell us about your favorite ABC book
~Our personal favorite? Create an ABC list centered around a theme of your chosing. Have your family help you for some extra fun and a bit of practice. Suggested themes: foods, animals, family characteristics, favorite books, or an ABC all about your family etc...

Frecklebox Winner Announced

Now, the news you've really been waiting for...chosen by to #35 Mama King, you're the winner of a Frecklebox product of your choice!

Thank you to everyone who entered, please continue to enter our great weekly giveaways all summer long!

Tune in tomorrow to meet our next sponsor and learn about the new fantastic giveaway.

Be thinking "zoo," that's your clue!

Take a look at our sponsors from our announcement post! Anyone who leaves a correct guess in this post's comment field by Midnight tonight will get an extra entry in this week's giveaway!


  1. Wow!! I won! Really? How cool! I am so excited!!! Thanks so much for such a great giveaway opportunity! I am really so excited! I am going to blog about my win and of course rave about my favorite educational website!

  2. Is it Zooples and Co?

    I think my girls will enjoy making an abc list of our family!

  3. i have to sau zooples and co as well!
    LOVE the cute zoo food ideas! :)

  4. I'm guessing zooples and co too. :)


  5. Okay - you two are too cute. It's gotta be Zooples & Co.!

    Congratulations to Mama King for winning the Frecklebox prize! Awesome!

  6. Is it Zooples and Co?

    Cute food ideas!!!