October 16, 2009

Food! If You Give a Mom a Cookie...

She'll probably eat four more!

The Book - If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Did you know this was first published in 1985? I can't believe I somehow missed this book as a kid, but I am so glad I discovered it for my own children. The first and the best of the "If You Give" books, it was an instant hit with Little Page. She was only two when we first read it. We had just reached the able-to-turn-a-page-without-tearing-it-to-pieces stage and this book was the perfect length. It has just enough words on each page and the story is engaging enough to hold the attention of very young children (or antsy preschoolers).

In case you missed this book even longer than I did, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie follows a little boy who tries to keep up with his dictatorial and capricious mouse's every whim. Any parent of a toddler can relate!

The Craft - Felt Cookies

I've been seeing felt food pop up all over the blogosphere and I thought to myself, "Self, I could do that!" As usual I bit off a little more than I could chew. It took me two full hours to create those three little cookies. Much of that time was spent trying to remember what Mrs. Dyche from seventh grade home-ec said about sewing a blanket-stitch. If you actually know how to sew, you could probably whip these up in no time. For inspiration, I searched Etsy.

What you'll need:
  • varying shades of brown, white, and tan felt
  • embroidery thread
  • thread and needle
Cut matching circles out of the felt for the two halves of cookie. For icing, cut a smaller circle in a wavy pattern. For chocolate chips, cut small uneven circles. Sew the chocolate chips onto the cookie circle with small x's. Sew the icing onto the cookie circle with colored embroidery thread, using small random stitches to mimic sprinkles. Once I finally figured out how, I used a blanket stitch to sew the cookie circles together, adding a bit of stuffing before closing it up.

Now my little mouse can bake her own cookies... if we only had a glass of milk!

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  1. Look at you! First birdies, then pumpkins, now cute cookies. I'm proud of you. I'm not sure I would have the patience (after my pumpkin fiasco) to attempt such a thing. Also, I never had a Mrs. Dyche to teach me a blanket stitch. So deprived am I. They look adorable!

  2. We read Pinkalicious today with my daughter and her friend for pre-school and then made pink cupcakes and played a cupcake matching game after reading you idea with that book. I was looking through felt food ideas several days ago wanting to make some...maybe this will give me the excuse I need...but probably it will have to wait until after our move. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  3. Wow, I love it, what a clever idea! Stop by for a visit soon.

  4. Ooh-Where did you get the little cookie sheet? My daughter has the same little kitchen, and I was thinking of using this idea for a Christmas gift :o) Great job!

  5. So cute! Thanks for sharing.


  6. These are great! I bought several sheet of felt last year to make felt food for my little guy and ended up making . . . one egg (though it is a nice looking egg! :) Cookies might be this year's foray into felt food. Thanks for the inspiration!


  7. They look great. I bet your little girl is just loving her new cookies. Thanks for sharing.


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