The Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson. We made pumpkin muffins to share with friends. Be sure to check out all of the other gratitude themed ideas at the end of the post. Affiliate links are included in this post.
Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
I really like all of the Bear books by Karma Wilson. You’ll fall in love with the characters drawn by Jane Chapman. The text in each book has a sing song rhyming pattern that makes the book extra special to read. In Bear Says Thanks, Bear wants to have a special dinner with his friends, but his cupboard is bare. Not to worry because all of his friends show up with plenty of food for everyone. But what does Bear have to share? Read the story to find out.
In Bear Says Thanks, Hare brings muffins to share with his friends. We decided to make pumpkin muffins. We buy cow pumpkins every year to roast and use in pies and cookies. We thought it would work well in pumpkin muffins, too. (You can also use canned pumpkin puree.) Muffins are a kid-friendly recipe. They are easy to mix together and kids can help measure the ingredients.
1¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
⅓ cup sugar plus additional for sprinkling
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 large egg
½ cup milk
⅓ cup canola oil (or vegetable oil)
1 cup pumpkin, roasted and pureed
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine egg, milk, oil, and pumpkin puree.
- Add pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix just until moistened.
- Pour batter into a greased muffin tin.
- Sprinkle sugar on top of the muffins.
- Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes.
This recipe make 12 pumpkin muffins. Serve with a cold glass of milk.
My kids loved help to make these muffins. They are yummy. Next time they want to add in some chocolate chips. That sounds like a delicious plan to me.
More Activities from the Virtual Book Club for Kids
See more gratitude themed activities inspired by Bear Says Thanks:
Gratitude Acrostic Printable Booklets from Chickadee Lit
Gratitude Alphabet and Give Thanks Banner from To be a Kid Again
I am Thankful Activity from CraftCreateCalm
Magnetic Thankful Tree from The Educators’ Spin On It
Bear Says Thanks Gratitude Counting Activity from Sugar Aunts
Counting On Bear Paws with Number Claws from JDaniel4’s Mom
Easy Gratitude Turkey Pumpkin for Kids from Toddler Approved
Kid-friendly gingerbread Cookies to say Thank You from Rainy Day Mum
The Gratitude Game: Pick-Up Sticks from Teach Beside Me
Gratitude Drawing Prompt with Free Printable from Sunny Day Family
Gratitude Tree Free Printable from Mama Smiles
“I’m Thankful For You!” Kid-Made Ornament Gifts from Preschool Powol Packets
Thankful Bear Collage Shape Craft from Books and Giggles
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See our entire Virtual Book Club for Kids book list here.
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