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
If 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.
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