June 16, 2010

Feelings: A Study in Cookie Dough



There's nothing you can't do with cookie dough! After seeing numerous amazing cookie projects on Almost Unschoolers, I decided to dust off my favorite sugar cookie recipe and create some of our own cookie play dough.


To make, just whip up a batch of cookie dough, divide into bowls, and knead in food coloring. The kids loved playing with the dough and agreed that it tasted much better than regular play dough. (When my sister asked how they knew what play dough tasted like, I told her - same way I know!)


I asked the kids to create faces for their cookies. E experimented with happy, sad, angry, and surprised.


My nephews strayed a bit from the assignment to create two scary Cyclops and one monster face with 15 eyes. Very original and all were oh-so-delicious!




Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Cookies: Bite-Size Life LessonsIf I were a childrens writer, I think I'd want to be Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I have yet to meet a book of hers that I didn't like, and as a seasoned author she gets paired up with some pretty great illustrators. Cookies is the first in this series that defines important concepts for children in terms of cookies. Definition words include cooperate, content, regret, trustworthy, wise, courageous, and honest. For example, "HONEST means, I have to tell you something. The butterfly didn't really take the cookie - I took the cookie."

The gentle examples and sweet illustrations make this book a great platform to discuss the character-building qualities with your children. I think this book has generational appeal, and both of my girls (A is not yet 2) enjoyed it.

I'm linking up to:
- stART @ A Mommy's Adventures

14 comments:

  1. When I saw this post, I thought you had bought the cookie play dough that we recently bought from a school fundraiser. It tastes horrible. The colors are bright and fun, but my kids won't even eat the cookies! Much better to make your own! Cute idea!

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  2. LOL on the cyclops and monster cookies :). What can I say? They're my boys!

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  3. I'm bookmarking your post. I HAVE to do this cookie project with my son and daughter!

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  4. These turned out so cute! The monster and cyclops are really cute too...they sort of remind me of how Sassyfras feels when she wakes up!

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  5. These are adorable!!! I actually just took the same book out of the library during our last trip and we enjoyed it as well. Thank you for linking up to stART :0)

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  6. Great cookies! And, thanks for the nod :)

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  7. It's high time I let my kids create some of their own colorful cookies, too. Such a fun activity and the book looks good as well.

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  8. This books sounds wonderful. I love the cookies.

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  9. What a fun and yummy project!!!

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  10. I love how bright and colorful the cookies look. They were really creative with their "feelings" too!

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  11. Amy is my cousin :) You would love her! In fact, everyone would love her! She has always been super cool and we loved hanging out with her. The fact that she has been so successful as an author is great! You should definitely go to one of her bookstore events if she is ever in your area! Thanks for highlighting her :)

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