Weekend Activity: Peanuts Movie and Snacks
As parents who try to expose our children to as little violence and bad behavior in movies and cartoons as possible, we have been delighted with the release of the new Peanuts movie; one of the few movies that’s rated G and can be watched by even the smallest, most sensitive children.
Peanuts is the type of movie that both little kids and adults can enjoy as a weekend family activity, so here are some ideas on what you can do to prepare for this special movie viewing.
1. Start the weekend watching old Peanut themed movies
Not only will adults love revisiting the classics they grew up on, but this is a great way to introduce your little “peanuts” to the characters of the film. Repetition and preparation are important for children when exposing them to a new idea or environment, and this will hopefully ensure that they love Peanuts as much as you did when you were young.
2. Get them excited
Tell them stories of when you were a kid and how much you loved the Peanut’s characters. Tell them about the make-believe Peanut worlds that you created and the role that the Peanut’s characters played in your life. Children love imagining their big, strong parents being little, which is also something they are quite curious about.
3. Get Movie Snacks
Take a trip to Sam’s Club together and pick up family-size packages of Tyson Chicken Nuggets and Crispy Strips. Below are some fun recipes (some of them Peanuts themed) to enjoy while watching the movies.
4. Prepare Snacks Together
Before you watch the movies, get the kids involved in the preparation of food for the Peanuts marathon. Not only is this a valuable lesson in helping out, but cooking together is a great “pre-gamer” for movies. Children are more willing to help because they are excited about the end result of the preparations: lots of food eaten in the living room while watching a movie – not something parents normally allow!
5. Look up recipes for your Peanuts movie marathon
Here at Daily Mom, we have come up with and compiled a few recipes to get you started using the fun Tyson Nuggets and Crispy Strips.
FOR THE KIDS:
Flying Ace’s Bone
Kids will love this unique treat using Tyson Chicken Strips wrapped in croissant strips. This is a perfect handheld snack for any kid’s party. Kids can decorate the croissants with sauces as they like.
Spooky Ghost Nugget
Cook nuggets based on package directions. Cut two small eye holes in mozzarella cheese and lay over the nugget. Heat nuggets for an additional 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
FOR THE ADULTS:
Parents like to eat too, so we came up with an alternative recipe for the adults with a more sophisticated palate.
Chicken & Avocado Croissant Sandwiches
There are several options and variations on this recipe, so you can be as creative as you’d like!
What you’ll need:
- Spring Mix
- Avocado or Guacamole
- Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips – cut in half
Cook the strips according to the instructions. While the chicken is cooking, slice the croissants in half, wash and dry the spring mix, and spread the guacamole onto one of the croissant’s sides, or slice avocados and place them on the croissant; follow up with the spring mix. When the Tyson strips are done, slice them lengthwise in half and place them on top of the spring mix.
The possibilities for this sandwich are endless. You can add a slice of tomato to compliment the avocado, mustard or ketchup, or cheese… Pick and choose what you like, and enjoy!
6. Go see the new Peanuts movie
Finally, after all the build up, Peanuts classics and yummy snacks, at the end of the weekend, take your kids to the Peanuts movie. Or wait for the DVD release and do this all over again. We’re sure your children won’t mind!
This is a sponsored conversation written by us on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all ours.
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