Are you looking for Thanksgiving Day activities to do with your grandchildren while dinner is being prepared? Here’s a family fun Thanksgiving Day activity for kids to help make edible Pilgrim hats that taste yummy!

My daughter, the preschool teacher, sent me a photo of the Pilgrim hat edible treats our granddaughters made today for our Thanksgiving dinner they’re helping to prepare. The Pilgrim hats are easy to make with marshmallows, chocolate coating, and flat cookies.

Making the marshmallow Pilgrim hats will definitely keep them occupied. Be sure to have them wear old shirts over their clothes and place a mat under their work area. For kids’ cooking activities, I like to place sheets of aluminum foil to cover their work table. It will stay flat on the table and is easy to clean up when the marshmallow Pilgrim hat Thanksgiving activity is done.

Here are directions for how to make the Thanksgiving recipe for Pilgrim hat edible treats:


  • 24 chocolate-striped shortbread cookies (or any similar sized flat cookie)
  • 12-ounce package of chocolate chips
  • 24 marshmallows
  • tube of yellow decorators’ frosting


  1. For the Pilgrim’s hat brim, set the chocolate-striped cookies stripes down on a wax-paper-covered tray, spacing them well apart.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave or double boiler.
  3. One at a time, stick a wooden toothpick into a marshmallow, dip the marshmallow into the melted chocolate, and promptly center it atop a cookie.
  4. Using a second toothpick to lightly hold down the marshmallow, carefully pull out the first toothpick.
  5. Chill the Pilgrim hats until the chocolate sets, then pipe a yellow decorators’ frosting buckle on the front of each hat.

For this Thanksgiving Day activity demonstrate which steps the children can help with, then let your grandchildren try to make a “practice” marshmallow Pilgrim hat. When they understand what to do for this recipe, let them make these Thanksgiving treats as best they can. Having family fun is what it’s all about!