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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

Pumpkin Dip

Published October 29, 2010 10:04 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Kids love to dip! This is a very easy, but quite tasty treat that my coworker, who happens to be an OT, suggested we make earlier this month. It was a big hit with all the kids, which actually surprised me because it isn't the prettiest looking dip, but it is fun to make and yummy to eat.

The Ingredients:

1 8oz. container of Cream Cheese

1 16 oz. Can of Canned (or real pureed) Pumpkin

¼  Cup of Powdered Sugar

A Pinch of Cinnamon, Nutmeg, etc.

Depending on the number of students you are working with and feeding you may want to double the recipe.


  1. Let cream cheese soften. Open and scoop out all of the contents into a bowl.
  2. Open can of pureed pumpkin and add all the contents to the cream cheese.
  3. Measure ¼ cup of powdered sugar and add to the mixture.
  4. Add a pinch (let the students pinch and sprinkle in) of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and/or other fall spices you have or prefer.
  5. Mix everything together! (Let everyone have a chance to stir. Count to 10 as they stir). Make sure it is mixed thoroughly until smooth.
  6. Spread dip onto foods such as graham crackers and raisin bread! Also, try dipping fresh fruit and vegetable slices, such as apples, pears and carrots into your mixture and enjoy!

Therapy Tips!

  • Be creative!! You could carve out just the top of a small pumpkin with the students earlier that day/week and put the dip inside the pumpkin! Let the students take turns scooping dip and putting into the pumpkin.
  • Try different foods to spread and dip into your mixture. Have the children "use their words" to ask for the food(s) that they want. (i.e. "I want apple please").
  • Pre-make pictures and a sentence strip to help children ask for the foods, ingredients, etc.
  • Make picture steps for the children to read/look at and follow to complete the steps for making the dip. Afterward, review the steps. See if the children can remember the steps and tell you which one comes "next".
  • Let the children smell, touch and taste all four ingredients independently before putting them together in the bowl.
  • Send home the recipe ingredients and steps so parents can review and maybe even make it with their child at home!


another quick on is to take instant vanilla pudding and have the kids add 2 tsp  of pumpkin pie filling...stir...pumpkin pudding

Kathi, Early Intervention - SLP, Berrien RESA October 29, 2010 4:51 PM
Berrien Springs MI

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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