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Southwestern Rub

Making BBQ Rub

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  • Rubs for meat are popular and very “hands-on” for a child
  • Wash hands
  • You can use a recycled spice container or small glass jar for storing the rub
  • Gather all the spice ingredients
  • Let child smell the spices separately as you add to bowl to mix together
  • Show the size difference of a tablespoon and a teaspoon
  • Ask child to say which is bigger - tablespoon or teaspoon
  • This makes a great gift to give to Dad to use for making barbeque chicken or beef - think Father's Day, birthday, Valentine's Day, etc.


SOUTHWESTERN RUB (use for beef or chicken)

1/4 cup chili powder

1 Tablespoon onion powder

1 Tablespoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon ground red pepper


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and store in airtight container.  Rub or push into meat before grilling or baking


  • small container/glass jar or old spice container
  • 1/4 cup measuring cup and teaspoon and tablespoon
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1.5 tsp.  dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ground red pepper

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"My Very First Mother Goose"
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"Of Colors and Things"
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"America (My Country Tis of Thee)"
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by Willa Brigham, Album: Healthy Happy Habits (Activity 25)

"Miss Mary Mack"
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Jack and Jill

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Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.