Christmas Cookie Story Time With Simple Kid-Made Ornaments
There are few treats that scream ‘holiday’ more than an assortment of freshly baked Christmas cookies! In honor of these sweet goodies, I’ve put together some ideas for a fun Christmas cookie story time perfect for your little elves! This story time features ideas for simple DIY Christmas ornaments that kids can make themselves. Be sure to grab a book, some cookies, and then encourage your kiddos to get creative this December!
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CHRISTMAS COOKIE STORY TIME READ ALOUD
Hands down, there’s no better choice for Christmas cookie story time than A World Of Cookies For Santa. We recently had the chance to check out an advanced copy. I’m so glad we did, because it’s a new holiday favorite. M. E. Furman has written a ‘tasty trip around the world’, sharing both holiday traditions and tasty cookie recipes from around the globe. Kids will love learning how Christmas is celebrated in Sri Lanka, Brazil, or Alaska. Santa Claus’ many names, as well as traditional holiday festivities and recipes for each location feature prominently. Susan Gal has created the most colorful and energetic illustrations. There is so much texture, as well as depth in the overlapping colors- it’s reminiscent of Eric Carle’s well known style in many ways. Kids will be enthralled with the images.
CELEBRATING A CHRISTMAS COOKIE STORY TIME
Kids will love helping out in the kitchen when you try your hands at a few of the recipes throughout the book. Sure, making family favorites is fun, but there’s cultural learning to be had when you sample goodies from other regions. Baking is a great way to strengthen math and science skills as well, so children will definitely benefit from this idea!
Write Your Own!
Help your child create their own page to accompany the book. What sort of holiday traditions are special for your family? What sweet treats do you always put together for Santa? Encourage kids to think about what makes your holiday celebrations unique. They can write and draw on the page, so they’ll be getting some fine more work as well as some great critical thinking in during December.
Christmas Cookie Story Time Ornaments
We always made cut-outs when I was growing up, so I have a particular fondness for cookie cutters. They’re classic, cute, and best of all, inexpensive, making cookie cutters the perfect base for some simple Christmas tree ornaments kids can put together themselves.
- Cookie cutters.
- We prefer the metal ones, but I’m sure plastic would work as well.
- Washi tape.
- Thin tinsel garland.
- Decorative twine.
- Stickers/stick on rhinestones.
- Double sided adhesive dots or tape.
- Cut a length of the decorative material you’d like to use.
- Attach one end to your cookie cutter of choice using the double sided adhesive.
- Decorate your cookie cutter with the decorative material. There’s flexibility to get creative with your approach, but here are some tips:
- For some materials like twine, ribbon, and garland, wrapping the material around the cookie cutter repeatedly seems to work best.
- For materials like washi tape, it’s best to stick the tape down (without double sided adhesive) in whatever pattern you prefer. We did some covering the entire cookie cutter in small strips of one tape. Another combined strips of various tapes in a few different ways. It’s a great way to really get creative!
- Once you reach the end of a length of ribbon, attach the loose end to the cookie cutter using another piece of double sided adhesive.
- Continue until your cookie cutter is completely covered, or your ornament is decorated to your liking.
A huge bonus to using cookie cutters as Christmas tree ornaments is that you don’t have to add hangers! Simply slide the cookie cutter’s open center onto a branch of your Christmas tree, and it’s instantly festive!
Cookies for Santa? Carrots for reindeer? What does your family leave out on Christmas Eve? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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