This green Halloween smoothie is a fun occupational therapy activity for Halloween…kids love it and making the smoothie is part of the fun.
Halloween Green Smoothie
Halloween is a holiday of sweets and treats. Sometimes, you need a healthy Halloween snack for the kids that doesn’t involve chocolate, processed ingredients, or high calories. That’s where this Halloween smoothie recipe comes in.
Halloween recipes that double as a fun and cute healthy snack is almost as much of a hit with kids as the sugary candy is. We make a lot of smoothie recipes, so my kids are used to the blender chopping up foods into smoothies, so it was not difficult to think of this smoothie recipe for kids to enjoy!
Skip the sweets and serve up fruits and veggies with this fun Halloween green smoothie recipe.
Halloween Smoothie Recipe
We’ll start by making a Frankenstein face on the cup. This detail is not only cute, it’s a fun Halloween craft for kids!
So, we are a big smoothie family over here. We love smoothie recipes made with a variety of fruits and veggies.
This Halloween smoothie was a spur of the moment idea though. We started by making a Frankenstein craft with a simple glass.
We started by cutting out the paper pieces to put a Frankenstein face on the cup. This can make a green smoothie more appetizing, especially for kids who may not want to drink up a tall green smoothie!
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The materials you’ll need for your Frankenstein face craft include:
- Tall drinking glass
(If you are worried about using a glass cup with your child, you can make these with clear plastic cups, too.
- black cardstock
- Clear Tape
- Green Cardstock
- Peel and Stick Googly Eyes
To make the Frankenstein face craft:
- Cut a strip of black cardstock (affiliate link) and cut a jagged line along one edge. Tape this onto the top of the glass or cup. Stick the sticky back googly eyes onto the face of the Frankenstein.
2. Cut small rectangles of the green Cardstock (affiliate link) and tape them at the ear. Bend the cardstock so the rectangles stick out.
3. Cut a jagged mouth and tape it into place.
It’s that easy! This would be such a fun craft for kids to make at a Halloween party. You could use a green plastic cup and fill it with treats, or you could make the Frankenstein face on a cup that is used to hold pencils and other school supplies.
Green Monster Drink
Smoothies for Kids
To make the Halloween green smoothie…
- Toss 1 cup of baby leaf spinach into a blender. Pour in 1 cup of milk.
What are some other ways you could make a Halloween smoothie with a little creativity?
Use a glass cup and draw a face on the outside of the cup using a dry erase marker.
Make a purple monster drink using berries to make a monster smoothie for Halloween breakfast.
Make a mango and strawberry smoothie and make it into a pumpkin for a smoothie recipe kids will love.
Sensory Benefits of Smoothies
Ok…This Frankenstein green smoothie has been on The OT Toolbox for yeeeaarsss and I totally forgot about it!
Actually, drinking a smoothie has a lot of sensory benefits. The oral motor skills required to drink a smoothie through a straw offers heavy, proprioceptive input and feedback. “Sucking is also a calming and organizing activity which requires closing the lips, lip strength and the ability to hold the jaw in a stable position” (Yack, Aquilla and Sutton, 2015).
When kids need a calm down moment or a chance to chill after a day at school, a smoothie can make all the difference. We talk about the sensory oral motor benefits to the mouth and jaw in our blog post on using a sports water bottle for sensory input. You could double down on the sensory input by drinking the smoothie through a straw.
Check out some other Halloween occupational therapy activities that can be incorporated into this time of year while boosting skills and areas kids nee.
How fun for a group activity…talk about the calming effects of sipping a smoothing through a straw, self-regulation, and coping strategies like the heavy “work” that a smoothie offers!
This would be GREAT “homework” for kiddos to do with the family. You could totally do a purple monster spin on this recipe and go for berries ? instead of the leafy greens ? that we used to make this one. ✌?
Halloween Foods for Kids
Tell me…Have you made a Halloween smoothie for a Halloween breakfast?
Yack, E., Aquilla, P. and Sutton, S. (2015) Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration (Third Edition).
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Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.