Activity Center: Trail Mix

Intergenerational Event--Saints by Our Side


Just as a healthy diet of food nourishes our physical well-being and gives us energy, a healthy dose of prayer and inspiration from the saints nourishes our spiritual well-being and energizes our faith. In this activity, participants will be able to learn about the canonization process while they create their own personalized snack. You will need one or two volunteers to keep the bowls stocked with ingredients.

Download Trail Mix Family Handout
To print: 1 per family
Document: 3 pages

Download Trail Mix Labels (Avery labels 5262)
To print: 1 label per attendee
Document: 1 page = 14 labels

The first download is a three-page handout. The other is a sheet of labels (14 labels per page). Print the labels on sheets of Avery labels 5262 until you have a sufficient number for all participants. Participants will write their names on these labels and affix them to their bags of trail mix.

For this activity, you will need:

  • Trail mix handouts, one set per family
  • A selection of at least five trail mix ingredients. Buy enough of each ingredient to allow a quarter-cup of each ingredient per person, slightly less if you offer a wide variety of ingredients. Some options include:
    • dried fruit (pineapple, apricots, apples, cranberries, bananas, dates, raisins)
    • small crackers
    • bagel crisps
    • pretzels
    • dry breakfast cereal
    • granola
    • pumpkin or sunflower seeds

  • Large bowls or containers, one for each ingredient
  • Scoops, one for each ingredient
  • Plastic zip-top or paper lunch bags, one for each participant
  • Labels, one for each bag
  • A bottle of spray cleaner and some paper towels for cleaning up spills

Please be aware that many people have severe allergies to peanuts and tree nuts (such as almonds, pecans, and walnuts). Unless you are absolutely certain that no participants have such an allergy, avoid using nuts for this activity center. Also, make sure that the ingredients that you do use do not contain nuts and were not made in facilities that also process nuts.

For more information about peanut and tree nut allergies, visit the Web site for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network: