It’s almost time when your kids will be coming home excited its almost Holiday party season at school and they want to start Pinteresting ideas for you. These classroom approved Harvest Cornucopia Treats are a hit every year.
I love to make classroom snacks that my kids can participate in making with me. It gives them a sense of ownership and the memories are worth it. Plus they have a story to tell their classmates during the party as well.
These Cornucopia Treats so so simple and from start, to finish, my kids can do these. Simple microwave use, no knives, easy peasy and there are smiles all around.
The History of the Cornucopia
Cornucopias are rich in history. At a glance, nearly everyone associates a cornucopia with Thanksgiving; it has become a standard in holiday tablescapes. As we made Harvest Cornucopia Treats one of the kids asked me why it was a symbol of Thanksgiving. This led to a wonderful discussion that dated back to the time of the Greek Gods.
While the cornucopia, is symbolic of the relationship between Native Americans and the Colonists, it’s role in history goes much deeper. We know it as a symbol of bounty, but how did it become such a well known object that has remained throughout time during our autumn celebrations like Thanksgiving?
Greek legend paints a picture of an infant Zeus being hidden away in a cave, from his father the titan Cronos. A goat, known as Amalthea adopted Zeus. She nursed him and cared for him. As Zeus nursed from this magnificent goat, his strength broke off one horn from Amalthea. With remorse, Zeus used his Godly powers to ensure the horn would always be full of whatever Amalthea wished. From the broken goat horn, a bounty of nourishment, which was endless, poured forth.
There are other Greek legends about the horn of plenty, as the name cornucopia translates. However, the story continues to the Romans. Then it carries into the classical ages, where the cornucopia became a favorite subject or addition to paintings. This is where the connection to the cornucopia and autumn begin.
Choice fruits, vegetables and nuts from the harvest are proudly displayed and offered in a cornucopia for many years. Considering the centuries that passed between the first bountiful horn made an appearance, to the classic works of art we enjoy in modern day, it is not impossible to think that there was a cornucopia at the first Thanksgiving celebration, but there is no record to support the idea. I’d like to believe there was a cornucopia at the first Thanksgiving, like a beacon of hope to weary souls.
Today, we enjoy the display as a part of an American tradition. It is a great way to provide a visual representation of the bounty that harvest season brings to our table. And it makes for a really fun theme for treats for the classroom!
Harvest Cornucopia Treats
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What You Need
Fall Candy (I did 2 different M&M’s and Candy Corn Mix)
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How to make these Harvest Cornucopia Treats
Add water into a small bowl. Dip the end of the sugar cone into the water about 1-2 inches high.
Place in microwave for 25 seconds. Take out and immediately bend the end over a spatula/straw/spoon handle. Hold tightly for about 30 seconds to a minute or until it’s hard enough to keep its shape. Slide out the spatula/straw/spoon and let cool completely. ** Do ONE cone at a time.
After the cones are all cooled, add the fall candy. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the candy and tie with twine or string.
What other ideas do you have for classroom snacks this holiday season? Will you be adding these Harvest Cornucopia Treats to your list?
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Harvest Cornucopia Treats
These harvest Cornucopia Treats are so simple from start, to finish, kids can do these. Classroom Approved for Holiday parties!
What You Need
- Add water into a small bowl. Dip the end of the sugar cone into the water about 1-2 inches high.
- Place in microwave for 25 seconds. Take out and immediately bend the end over a straw or spoon handle. Hold tightly for about 30 seconds to a minute or until it’s hard enough to keep its shape. Slide out the straw and or spoon and let cool completely. ** Do ONE cone at a time.
- After the cones are all cooled, add the fall candy. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the candy and tie with twine or string.