I have some wonderful zucchini growing in the garden and thought I’d try a recipe a friend of mine shared and see if the preschool children would eat it. They are zucchini chips – instead of potato chips. It sounded so easy that I thought “I can do this!”
So, here is what I did. First I washed the zucchini. Children can wash zucchini. Another chance to play in the water, too.
Next, I sliced the zucchini in what I hoped were even thickness slices.
Now I put them on the dryer and spritz a bit of olive oil and a bit of sea salt on top. It took about 6-8 hours to dry depending on how thick the slices were. I took them out when they were slightly crispy. I decided to try some other toppings so I tried garlic, then my own dehydrated onions and salt, and then one with a bit of taco seasoning.
Good news! So far, most everyone from preschoolers to adults have liked them. I am thrilled! What a fun way to eat zucchini and it’s so easy that the preschoolers can help, too!
Enjoy making the zucchini chips!
- fine motor skills when washing the zucchini
- listening when being given guidance
- social emotion when following directions
- sorting the seasoned chips
- eye-hand when sprinkling the seasoning on top
- sensory experience when tasting along with language and vocabulary when describing how they taste
- autonomy when doing their own special job
- social when taking turns
- cognitive when being persistent to finish the task
- identifying the colors and shape
- math – of course, we compared the sizes, tastes, and counted
(Thanks Karla for the idea!)