Can you believe Thanksgiving is only three weeks away?! Anytime is a great time to talk about being thankful, these are an easy lunch and a great conversation starter about how much we are blessed. Just fill it with whatever ingredients your kids like to much on for lunch! Below is also a history of the cornucopia and a few activity ideas. Have fun!
Whole Wheat Tortillas
2 Spaghetti noodles, uncooked (or toothpicks)
Filling ingredients (We used ham slices, cheese, baby corn, and carrots)
Ranch dressing to dip, optional
Cut tortillas in half. Roll one half up to form a horn shape (see video tutorial). Secure with a piece of raw spaghetti noodle or toothpick.
Fill with your favorite lunch ingredients. Add some ranch dressing for dipping, if desired. Serve and enjoy a lunch chat about being thankful!
You can download a cornucopia coloring and cut out activity here.
After lunch, you can make a cornucopia from a piece of brown construction paper or a brown shopping bag. Let the kids cut out things from old magazines that they are thankful for and fill their "cornucopia"
The cornucopia is a horn-shaped container overflowing with fruit, nuts, and vegetables. Its origin as a symbol of abundance comes from Greek mythology. Zeus was raised on goat’s milk by Amalthea. In gratitude, he gave her a goat’s horn that had the poser to grant the wishes of whoever possessed it. Zeus also set the image of a goat into the night sky, as the constellation Capricorn. Since the 5th century BCE, gods and goddesses, especially Fortuna, goddess of luck and fate, would be depicted carrying a cornucopia.
Today the “Horn of Plenty” is a symbol of the abundance of the harvest, most often associated in America with the Thanksgiving holiday. No longer is it a genuine goat’s horn, but rather a large, cone-shaped wicker basket. Though the material may have changed, the meaning of the cornucopia has persisted throughout the centuries, and many a horn of plenty graces the center of the Thanksgiving dinner table.