Easy Father’s Day Tie Cookies

Baking cookies is fun but painting them is even more fun. This easy Father’s Day activity is a perfect way to do both. My son and I had special time together while my daughter napped and we made these for my husband. It was so much fun and such a great way to pair art and baking not to mention they are a really fun Father’s Day gift too.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a baking sheet multiple small dishes, sugar cookie dough , milk, food color, paint brushes, and a tie cookie cutter or knife.father's day crafts
  2. Start by rolling out the cookie dough and cutting it into the shape of a tie. We made one triangle for the top and then the tie bottom.
  3. Press them together.
  4. Pour the milk into the small dishes ( one per color you want to make)Add food color to the milk .
  5. Paint.father's day cookies
  6. We painted them right on the cookie sheet – it makes it easier for clean up .
  7. Bake
  8. Enjoy.

 

 

Apples For Teachers

I admit that one of the things I miss most about teaching are the treats. I know not exactly the response you expect from someone as excited about education as I really honestly am… but it’s the truth. It seemed between my two classes someone was always celebrating something. Well I think we should celebrate teachers at the start of the year, get them as excited about a fresh start as we are.  My son went back to preschool this week and we made these cookies for his teachers.

I got the recipe from here

  1. Start by making your dough – the above recipe was good but the cookies came out crumbly- I added an extra 5 minutes baking and it made it better. My son loves helping me bake and it’s a fun thing “special event” you can do at home if a younger sibling is napping. I try to get all the ingredients ready so he can just pop them in.
  2. While the cookies are baking gather your materials for the apple bags. You will need some paper bags, zip locs,  red crayon or marker, scissors, and green pipe cleaners.
  3. Color your bags red.
  4. When the cookies are cool pop them in the zip loc.
  5. Pop them in the paper bag and cinch the top with a green pipe cleaner bent into a leaf.
  6. Trim the top and it’s ready to be given to your teachers!

Alphabet Cookies

It’s the process not the product right? Well it definitely was when we made these alphabet cookies. I swore I had cookie cutters but alas when I went to look for them they were MIA so we molded letters instead. The activity was a huge hit and a fun special treat. My son laughed with me when we checked on the cookies and they were unrecognizable. THey were still tasty and we still had fun with letters, so I say it was a success!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cookie dough, a cutting board, knife and pan.
  2. Start by portioning out the cookie size for your child. Since I was using premade dough I just sliced it. 
  3. Start creating.
  4. I got my son into making letters by making some and asking him to guess what they were then he made a few of  his own. 
  5. We also made extra long ones that my son used the knife to cut to size. He loved this.
  6. Pop them on a tray.
  7. Bake – check on them and laugh hysterically – obviously less dough should have been used.
  8. Luckily the O ( my son’s initial) was still an O after I poked the middle a little and he enjoyed it at snack time!

Have fun with your creative time, take failures in stride and remember it’s the process not the product!

Learning About Money

Learning about money

Teaching children about money is not a one time thing. It will take years to instill all the lessons we want them to learn, my husband is a banker and you better believe that this is but the very tip of the iceberg but we will leave lessons about investing, interest rates and such for another year or 5 !  Today we focused on learning the names and denominations of the coins and dollar bills while playing bakery.

  1. Gather your materials. We are using a few props for our bakery, play cookies, an apron for our baker, a cake stand and place mat, a magna doodle, real money and a little change purse. Learning about money
  2. Start by setting your prices. I kept it simple so that we could focus on our lesson which was identifying the coins and amounts. If you wanted to focus on addition I would make the cookies cost amounts that would facilitate addition ( $1.25, 75cents etc..) but if your goal is the same as mine make them for exact coin amounts. I did make other cookies $2 but that was easy for him with the dollar bills.Learning about money
  3. Set up your bakery. I find that when I set up the pretend play props he plays more, but some children will want to be a part of this and by all means let them.Learning about money
  4. Take some time to go over the basics of the coins or a quick refresher.Learning about money
  5. Put the apron on and start playing.  Learning about money
  6. We didn’t use any amounts that required him giving me the customer  change but for a child who is more advanced with money than my 3 year old, that is an awesome math lesson. We did count out some pennies though. Learning about money
  7. For younger kids you can make is simpler like I did here almost a year ago .
  8. When you play pretend with your child let them go off on tangents and tell you about their “character” ask them questions , and play the part. I know for some parents this can be really silly but it helps , the kids get into the lesson and forget they are even learning.Learning about money

* A great follow up to this would be to go to your local bakery and continue this lesson buy buying a cookie, having your child find the right coins to do so and enjoying it together. Or make some fun Letter C cookies .

Books

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff is a contemporary classic, and if you have ever read it to a group of children you will know why. The story builds as one thing leads to the next when you give into the whims of a silly little mouse! This is a great book to recall and recount with your child, after reading have them retell you what happened by asking ” What happened next?” this is a really easy and important tool in early literacy!

Mmm, Cookies! by Robert Munsch is a loud and silly book, that preschoolers love! The text is perfect for a read aloud encouraging audience participation the way only Munsch can .  The main character loves to play jokes on everybody but doesn’t really understand that they aren’t funny until the joke is on him. This book gives parents a easy going way to talk about practical jokes and when they are and aren’t funny.

Mr. Cookie Baker was an instant hit at our house. The book is about who else, Mr. Cookie Baker and it shows the reader how he makes cookies from scratch, ices them and sells them. It’s a great book to explain baking and bakeries. My son loves the part where Mr. Cookie Baker eats a cookie after a long hard day and then says goodnight. I like the illustrations, they are bold and detailed without being cluttered and can almost tell the story all by themselves. Be warned though reading this will almost definitely make you crave a cookie or two.

A Recipe For Cookies !

Puffy Paint Cookies!

We made this puffy paint moon a few months ago and I had a reader email me to tell me that she used the recipe for making cookies. I thought it was an amazing idea and couldn’t wait to do it. When my son’s god parents sent me home from Chicago with this awesome shape cookie set I knew it was time . We made the craft, played bakery and read the story for a true cookie themed day.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some white glue , plain shaving cream, brown paint, a spoon, a bowl, a paper plate, some brown paper, and a circle paper punch or scissors.
  2. Start by mixing your puffy paint. Put 3/4 cup of shaving cream and 1/4 cup of white glue into a bowl and mix. I let my son explore freely with it. A little too freely- ours ended up on the walls. It washes off easily.
  3. Add in some brown paint. There is a spoon in there, it’s just under a lot of shaving cream.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Glop it on the paper plate, taking your time to feel it in all it’s goopiness.
  6. While your child is playing / painting the plate cut out some “chocolate chips” from the paper.
  7. Add them to the cookie, no need for extra glue.
  8. Let dry.

Shape Sorting Bakery

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a table or low surface, a tray or pillow case, some play money and a set of cookie shapes. We are using a toy set of cookies but tracing cookie cutter shapes and cutting them out would be an easy alternative.
  2. Play! I had my son sort the cookies first, then we set the prices and with the play money I bought cookies. We had so much fun our bakery is still set up in the playroom.

Book!

“Mr. Cookie Baker” by Monica Wellington was an instant hit at our house. The book is about who else, Mr. Cookie Baker and it shows the reader how he makes cookies from scratch, ices them and sells them. It’s a great book to explain baking and bakeries. My son loves the part where Mr. Cookie Baker eats a cookie after a long hard day and then says goodnight. I like the illustrations, they are bold and detailed without being cluttered and can almost tell the story all by themselves. Be warned though reading this will almost definitely make you crave a cookie or two.