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Trail mix is a great way to introduce basic cooking skills with your child such as pouring, measuring, scooping, stirring and following a simple recipe.

Steps to make a trail mix:

  1. Wash your hands and clean the workspace before you start.
  2. Collect the tools and ingredients. You will need: Large bowl, spoon, ½ cup measure, different dry food choices.
  3. Organize the workspace. Place ingredients on a tray or cookie sheets, set on the left side of the counter. As ingredients are used move them to the right, in the finished area.


  • ½ cup small pretzels or twists
  • ½ cup peanuts
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips or M and M’s

Substitutions: Use other favorite foods such as Cheerios, Goldfish, almonds, or dry cranberries. You may also choose to introduce a new food such as dried banana.


  1. Measure ingredients and add to bowl.
  2. Mix ingredients together in a large bowl using a spoon.
  3. Spoon into baggies or small snack containers to store.