Monday, February 9, 2009

Sugar Cookie Writing Activity (I don't think this one will make it into the Family Circle Magazine!)

If any of you moms out there need a 3 hour activity to take up the morning with your five year old, try this:

1. Make a batch of sugar cookies. (This step takes about 1 1/2 hrs. if you let your child help!)

2. Let your 5-year-old child put some dough in a baggy and dump in some food coloring. Squish it around until the baggie breaks. Put it in another baggie. Keep squishing.

3. Get a pair of kitchen shears and let your little one cut out shapes. There may be some injuries during this step, so you may want to give him/her some heavy "scissor proof" gloves to wear.

4. Cook the dough. While dough shapes are cooking let your little one make labels for the cookies, so that their older siblings can tell what the cookies are supposed to be!

** Problems with this project: The dough becomes so overhandled by all the squishing and shaping, that the cookies are inedible. Also, your child will be too exhausted to help clean up the mess he/she made. Also, tomorrow your child will probably say that he/she is bored and that you never do anything fun with him/her. However, just for a moment, when you are taking a picture of the finished product, your kid will probably think you're the coolest mom in the world!


Melissa said...

You are so funny! First of all, we'll definatly have to try the cookies. My kids will LOVE that! As for a job, I think you should become a stay at home movie & food critic. They could send you the new movies online, so you could stay in your pajamas, while eating gormet food brought to you for your approval... or you could just relax and soak it all in... You deserve it. (If you ever do need something to do though, you can come help me with my 3) :) thanks for making me smile!

Hanna M. said...

When I was five I made perfect cookies in shapes of ballerinas and swans. I wanted to grow up to be President of the United States. Today, I realize that my cookie shapes looked a lot like Carson's. Oh, the enchantment of being a child.