Christmastime is another prime opportunity for “cooking up learning.” Children love to help out in the kitchen. There are numerous cookie recipes that are fun and easy for kids to engage with. As I mentioned in my October post, children learn to read, follow directions, use math concepts such as fractions and ratios, as well as spending quality time with mom/grandma. They have a vested interest in the final product which gives them satisfaction–a feeling of accomplishment.
Some of The Reading Lady Family’s all time favorites are peanut blossoms, Russian teacakes, and sugar cookies. All of these are fun, easy recipes for kids. They love to roll the peanut blossoms in sugar and place a chocolate kiss in the middle when they come out of the oven (younger children should be supervised for this last step). For a vegan version of this favorite go to http://quantumvegan.com/2010/12/03/recipe-vegan-peanut-blossoms/. Russian teacakes are quick and simple. They get rolled in powdered sugar when they come out of the oven. For the standard version go to http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/russian-tea-cakes/. For a vegan version, you could try the recipe from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar http://www.theppk.com/books/vegan-cookies-invade-your-cookie-jar/. Sugar cookies are fun to cut out and decorate with sprinkles, icing, chocolate chips, whatever strikes your fancy. Check out www.bettycrocker.com for several different sugar cookie recipes. These recipes use all of the learning concepts I mentioned earlier.
I have fond memories of my childhood being in the kitchen with my mom making Christmas cookies. Other fond memories include when my children were in the kitchen with me making Christmas cookies. Create memorable moments with your children while promoting learning. Just think, in the end you get to enjoy all of those cookies! (Remember to share with family and friends. They make great gifts).
Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year!