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How To Make Christmas Cookie Baking A Learning Experience
Christmas cookie baking is a wonderful holiday tradition. It gives you a chance to spend time together as a family, while creating something yummy AND making the house smell amazing! If you like to bake during the holiday season, take a look at these 7 learning experiences to tie into Christmas cookie baking. You will find that not only is this a chance to make some yummy treats, but the chance to provide an educational experience as well. Here is what you need to know to get started.
7 Learning Experiences to Tie into Christmas Cookie Baking
1. Begin by creating a list.
Before you start baking, you will need ingredients. To make sure you have everything you need, try making a shopping list. Creating a list is a great skill for kids to work on, and this gives them the chance to create a list with all sweet things in mind!
2. Give kids a chance to budget.
Once you have created your list, try setting a spending budget. Decide how much you want to spend on your ingredients and be mindful of prices when you shop. Kids can round up when looking at prices, then keep track of spending to make sure you stay on budget while getting the supplies you need. When it comes time to visit the grocery store, here are some more ideas. A grocery store visit can provide all types of learning experiences.
3. Jump into the math with measurement.
Once you have your ingredients, it is time to get baking! Give kids measuring cups and spoons so they can use them to measure out the perfect amounts. This will give kids practice at measuring, reading measurements, and following measurement guidelines when reading recipes.
4. Practice those reading skills.
Give kids a chance to read the recipe to you. Help them with tricky words if needed. This practice will not only give them reading practice, but will also give them experience with reading abbreviations. Many recipes use abbreviated measurement, so this is a great time to get acquainted with those.
5. Tackle those verbs.
Recipes use all sorts of verbs like whisk, whip, blend, puree, chop, stir, mix, fluff, and more. It is important to know what these verbs mean when baking. Take the time to make a cooking verbs list, and talk about what these words mean. It is important to know the difference, and this activity is sure to help!
6. Practice doubling recipes.
Doubling any recipe is easy if you know what to look for. Show children how to make note of measurements in the recipe and what they need to do to double it. Even if you don’t plan on doubling the recipe, you can easily give them pretend scenarios to practice with. This activity also opens the doorway to adding units of measurement!
7. Allow for some educational cookie artistry!
Bake some basic sugar cookies and give kids gel frosting tubes to use as writing utensils. They can pipe the gel onto the cookies and write their names, do math problems, write spelling words, and more. This is a fun and creative way to “write” without a pencil and paper. Plus when they are done, they can eat their work.
Are you ready to head to the kitchen and whip up a batch of Christmas cookies? Consider these 7 learning experiences to tie into holiday cookie baking and see how they can help make the most of the experience.
Need some ideas of what to bake?
Head to the internet for simple recipes such as:
- Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Peanut Butter Balls
- No Bake Candy Barks
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Divinity Candies
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Crispy Rice Treats
If you want to incorporate more unconventional learning experiences for the holidays, check out how to make a unit study from your favorite holiday movies too!
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