Friday, December 3, 2010

December 5-11: Cookies

Theme for the week of

December 5-11:


Book Suggestions:
If You Give a Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
The Best Mouse Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Cookie Count by Robert Sabuba
Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett
Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar by Bonnie Lass
The Gingerbread Man retold by Eric A. Kimmel
Sam's Cookie by Barbro Lindgren


Make Cookies:

Materials: cookie dough (or ingredients to make your own), rolling pin, cookie cutters

Description: Have your toddler help you make cookies. They can do things like stir, roll out the dough and press cookie cutters into the dough. (Be sure not to let your little one near the hot oven or stove!)

Skills Targeted: motor skill development, following directions, enhance listening skills, cooking

Counting Chocolate Chips:
Materials: Cookie dough, chocolate chips
Description: Mix ingredients of cookie dough mix, according to directions on box or to your own recipe (do not mix in the chocolate chips). Spoon cookie dough onto a cookie sheet. Before putting the cookies in the oven, let your toddler place the chocolate chips on each cookie. Have your toddler count the chips as they put them on the cookies. Ask them to put a certain number of chocolate chips on each cookie and see if they can count them out. Once all the cookies have chocolate chips on them, bake according to directions and eat!

Skills Targeted: counting, math skill developmet, number recognition, following directions

The Gingerbread Man:
Materials: The Gingerbread Man book, gingerbread cookies (you could also cut gingerbread men shapes from construction paper if you do not want to use cookies)
Description: Read The Gingerbread Man book to your toddler. Talk about how fast the Gingerbread Man is in the book. Tell your toddler that they are going to go try to catch the gingerbread man. Hide the gingerbread cookies (or paper gingerbread men) around your house and go on a gingerbread hunt with your toddler.

Skills Targeted: recall details from a book, language development, following directions

Colored Cookies:
Materials: construction paper, markers, a cookie jar (you could use any kind of container as a cookie jar)
Description: Create different colored cookies from construction paper. You can use markers to draw chocolate chips on the cookies. Put all the colored cookies in a cookie jar. Have your toddler put their hand in the cookie jar and pull out a cookie. Ask your toddler what color the cookie is. Repeat this activity until your toddler has taken all of the cookies out of the cookie jar.
You could extend this activity by having your toddler sort the cookies by color and count the cookies in the jar.

Skills Targeted: color recognitioon, counting, sorting, develop math skills

Decorate your own cookie:
Materials: cookies of your choice (the bigger the better!), frosting, candy, sprinkles, marshmellows, chocolate chips
Description: Let your child get creative by decorating their own cookie. You can use any kind, size, or shape cookie that you and your toddler decide to use. Your toddler can spread frosting all over the cookie with a popsicle stick or tongue despressor (this will act like glue for the goodies to stick to). Provide a variety of toppings for your toddler to decorate with (candies, sprinkles, marshmellows, chocolate chips etc)

Skills Targeted: enhance creativity and imagination, motor skill development

Cookie Painting:
Materials: sponge, markers, brown pom-poms or felt circles, glitter
Description: Cut a circle out of a sponge. Tell your child that you are going to create cookies using the sponge. Dip the sponge into tan or brown paint and stamp the circle on a piece of paper. Your toddler can then decorate their painted cookies using markers, brown pom-poms or felt (as chocolate chips), or glitter (as sprinkles). You can cut these out and your toddler could use them for pretend play.

Skills Targeted: color recognition, enhance creativity and imagination, motor skill development

Cookie Swap:
Materials: Several friends, homemade cookies
Description: Invite some friends over for a cookie swap. Each person that is invited is asked to make a batch of homemade cookies (be sure to have enough so that everyone gets to try one). Allow your toddler to help you make your batch of homemade cookies. They can measure, stir, add ingredients, and decorate the cookies. You could even set up a cookie decorating station, where the toddlers can decorate their own cookies.

Skills Targeted: build relationships, develop a sense of sharing and giving, develop math skills, motor skill development, measuring

Counting Cookies in the Cookie Jar:
Materials: cookie jar, construction paper, markers
Description: Cut cookies out of construction paper. You and your toddler can use markers to add details such as chocolate chips or sprinkles to your paper cookies. Write a different number on each cookie. Place all of the paper cookies into the cookie jar. Have your toddler pull out one cookie at time and tell you the number that is on the cookie.
You can extend this activity by putting the cookies in order from 1-10 and counting with your toddler.

Skills Targeted: counting, number recognition, math skill development, language development

Sorting Cookies:

Materials: different kinds of cookies

Description: Make or buy several different kinds or shapes of cookies (I used mini cookie cutter to make the different shaped cookies below). When the cookies are baked and cooled put them on a plate and give them to your toddler. Talk about their colors, sizes and shapes. Help your toddler sort the cookies into different piles according to their shapes or types or of cooke.

Skills Targeted: color recognition, understand different shapes, compare and contrast shapes and sizes, sorting, develop math skills, language development

View these fun videos about cookies online with your toddler!

Sugar Cookie Dough
(great for using cookie cutters)
This recipe comes from

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
11/2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350. Beat (with electric mixer) butter until smooth. Add sugar and beat until combined. Beat in egg yolk until combine. Add vanilla and beat until combined. Add flour and salt and mix until combined, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. Place dough between two pieces of wax paper and roll until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut dough with cookie cutters. Use scraps and re-roll until all the dough has been used. Bake 15-20 or until golden brown. Let the cookies cool before decorating.

Super Easy Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies:
Peanut Butter cookie dough
Hersey's Kisses
Spoon peanut butter cookie dough by the tablespoon onto a cookie sheet. Bake according to packaging directions. When the cookies are still hot press one Hersey's Kiss onto each cookie.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love it! Thank you for sharing! :)

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