Recipe: Rainforest “Pizza”
This is our fourth and final rainforest recipe for this
summer! It was been a fun four weeks, full of delicious and creative eats. The
kids really loved all of the recipes, as did the parents! I have had several
families share with me that they tried the recipes at home. Many enjoyed making
them with their children and were pleasantly surprised by the delightful
For today's recipe, you will need 6 ingredients:
- Thin bagels (although you
could also use English muffins - I usually buy whatever is on sale!)
- Plain cream cheese
- Chocolate chips
- Shredded coconut
Pre-cut strawberries and bananas before presenting recipe
to students. Also, place each of the four toppings into a separate bowl with a
spoon for scooping.
- Cutting board
- Small plastic knives
- 4 small bowls
- 4 spoons
Recipe steps and therapy tips:
Today's recipe focuses mainly on answering yes/no questions and
putting 2-4 word sentences together using picture sentence strips.
Before beginning, demonstrate what you want the children to
do! Show how to spread the cream cheese onto the bagel, add each of the four
toppings and then take a bite!
the "crust", give every child a half of a bagel thin.
the "sauce", give everyone a scoop of cream cheese and a small plastic
knife to spread the cream cheese onto their bagel.
- Next, add
on the 4 "pizza toppings." Use yes and no pictures to ask the children if
they want each topping.
they choose yes and want the topping, use a picture sentence strip that
reads: "I-WANT-(topping)-PLEASE," to ask for each individual topping.
they choose no and don't want the topping, then with their permission, put
a small sample of the rejected topping on their plate (but not on their
bagel) for them to see, touch, taste and smell. Many of the children will
try some new foods during this recipe!
- For children with
allergies or sensitivities to dairy foods, provide apple sauce as a
replacement for the cream cheese. Jams and jellies could be some other
- I chose strawberries,
bananas, chocolate and coconut because they taste good together, but feel
free to use any "rainforest" foods you prefer or have available as your