This is an adorable Christmas cookie craft but you can change the colors and make this cookie craft any time of the year! There is no doubt that the best Christmas cookie activity is baking Christmas cookies with your students. There is so much learning that happens with the measuring, mixing, and of course waiting for the cookies to bake. This Christmas cookie craft is not a substitution for actually making, it’s just a fun simple activity that works on fine motor skills and makes something in the process. We have been working on scissor skills in my classroom and have progressed to cutting lines on curves. So as we were learning more about cookies and Christmas this week ( remember I teach at a church preschool so we go all out for Christmas) I decided to combine all three things and make some cookies with my students, this time with glue and sequins instead of flour and butter.
Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard ( can you tell how much cardboard I have at home? I’ve been doing a lot of cardboard crafts), some cardstock, a pen, some glue, kid and adult scissors, crayons, and sequins.
To prep the activity cut the cardboard into circles.
Next trace a slightly smaller circle on the cardstock. I managed to get three per cardstock sheet and then cut them out into squares. The students will be cutting this so do not cut the circles all the way out.
Now for the activity.
Start by coloring ( or not) the cookie icing ( aka the cardstock) with the crayons.
Now it’s time to cut. Encourage the children to do this step independently.
Glue the icing on the cookie.
Glue on “sprinkles”. I decided to use sequins instead of glitter to add more fine motor work for my students.
How adorable are these?
Books About Christmas Cookies for Preschool
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Cookiesaurus Christmas by Nate Evans is hilarious, and your students or kiddos will think so too, I promise. Cookiesaurus wants to be chosen as one of the cookies left for Santa, but when he isn’t, he tries his best to change that! If you are a preschool teacher like me, you know how many of your students love anything dinosaur, and this book taps into that with such heart and humor! My students loved this and it was a great book for the week before Christmas break when everyone is a little off their norm. Get this book.
A World of Cookies For Santa by M.E. Furman is a long but fantastic book. The concept is simple, you follow Santa’s Christmas Eve journey around the globe and learn a little about the celebrations in each location. Who brings the gifts, and what treats do the children leave for them. This book was too long for my students to read in one sitting. Instead, I chose to focus on a few countries per continent. As far as accuracy goes when reading a book like this, it’s important to clarify that even in specific countries, not everyone leaves this type of cookie or drink… and then use that as your post-book discussion. I grew up in Canada, and I did NOT leave Santa Nanaimo bars. I would and still do eat them at Christmas, but Santa got sugar cookies! This doesn’t make the book wrong. It is just another opportunity to celebrate the many differences in every group. There are several recipes at the back of the book to bake some wonderful Christmas cookies after reading.
Tough Cookie by Edward Hemingway is a fun and silly book that is perfect for preschool when kids need something very engaging to pay attention to. In the story, Fox visits the land of Holiday Treats, and as soon as he gets there, he sees Sugar Cookie ready to be eaten. Sugar Cookie runs away with Fox close on his heels and quickly gets caught. Fox takes a bite and… ew! Sugar Cookie does not taste good at all… what is there to do when you are a cookie that doesn’t taste yummy? You’ll have to read the book, but trust me, it’s good, and it celebrates the joy of being seen and loved for who we are.
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