The Ring's the Thing
         Things You'll Need
         A-round the Kitchen
         Spread the Flavor
         It's a Gem
         A Glimmer of Gold
         Ring Around the Finger

        Ingredients

        • 1 whole wheat bagel
        • 1/2 cup bluberries
        • 1/2 cup rasberries
        • 12 green seedless grapes (halved)
        • Low-fat cream cheese or creamy peanut butter
        • Edible gold dust (optional)
          Prep Time: 10 min
          Cook Time: N/A
          Makes: 1-2 Servings

        The Ring's the Thing

        Bagel rings are a great way for you and your child to express your creativity while exploring early math skills. You'll have fun designing…and eating this jewel of a recipe!

        Things You'll Need

        Gather these ingredients to make Mrs. Penguin's Bagel Ring.

        A-round the Kitchen

        Start with your whole wheat bagel. Slice the bagel in half or, if it's pre-sliced, carefully separate the two sides.

        Little Hands Tip: Before you split the bagel into halves, let your child hold it in his hands. Ask him what the bagel looks and feels like. Can he identify the shape? It's a circle! What other things are circles?

        Spread the Flavor

        Smear each side of the bagel with low-fat cream cheese or creamy peanut butter. This is what will hold your "jewels" in place on your ring.

        Little Hands Tip: Talk to your child about the words "half" and "whole." When you split something into two equal parts, you get two halves. Each side of the bagel is a half. Tell your child that halves make sharing easy! Take one half and give your child the other.

        It's a Gem

        Decorate your ring by lining the outside and inside edges of one half of the bagel with a mix of blueberries, raspberries, and grape halves. Place the other half of the bagel gently on top.

        Little Hands Tip: Let your child add the fruit. Remind him that he needs to follow the inside and outside circles. Encourage him to create a pattern with his "jewels."

        A Glimmer of Gold

        For a special treat, pick up some edible gold dust in the cake decorating section of your local craft store. Dust the gold all over the outside of your bagel ring using a clean paint or pastry brush, the edge of a paper towel, or even your fingers!

        Little Hands Tip: Let your child help with the gold dusting. Talk about how the gold dust is shiny. What other things are shiny? Encourage him to look in the kitchen for inspiration.

        Ring Around the Finger

        Let your child "wear" the bagel ring. He'll have fun eating around it with his finger through the hole! Together, brainstorm about other shapes you can incorporate into meals or snacks. Take a look at SesameStreet.org's Hearty Oatmeal Hearts, Tuna Triangles a Go Go, or Strawberry Jam Sammies for inspiration. With a little imagination, you can keep making healthy foods fun and exciting for the whole family!

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