Let’s trim the Christmas Cone! This is relatively inexpensive so that you could do it with your students at your Christmas party for a fun snack that they would create. Or do it during your Christmas Tree theme day.
Rudolf the Snack Cracker Reindeer
You can keep this simple, or make it an even heartier snack by adding cheese spread between two crackers. Because I want to do this with my entire class I omit the cheese.
Every year my Y5’s make a Classroom Cook Book and give it to their mommies for Mother’s Day. I often thought it would be fun to make a Cookie Cook Book for Christmas. I had one mom submit her “grannie’s” “Red & White Chocolate Drop” cookie recipe from Ocean Spray®, also known as Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies They are 5-star delicious!
My two favorite cookies to eat that my grama Lydia used to make were her oatmeal raisin cookies and her sugar cookies that we put our thumbs in and filled with a dollop of jelly. During December tho' the most fun cookie we made were her gingerbreaad cookies. She made them with black strap molasses which she believed was a cure-all for all sorts of ailments. I don't think our cookies tasted all that fine because of all the gobbledy gook we loaded them with, but oh what fun we had making them, licking our frosting spoons and then decorating them. I carried the tradition on with my children when they were really little, and plan to do it with my grandchildren too. Click here for grandma Lydia's gingerbread recipe from my heart to yours. There are two; one with molasses, and one without. Gingerbread Recipes
Gingerbread Play-dough Recipe: Now is a great time to mix up a batch of gingerbread play dough! Put it in your kitchen center or have a 15-minute whole-group gingerbread play dough center and give each child a cookie cutter and a small ball of gingerbread play dough to make their very own gingerbread play dough boy! Click on the link for this delicious smelling recipe. This is a fun activity to do after you've read the story. Gingerbread Play-dough recipe
Christmas Greetings-Christmas Blessings Snack
Bugles : Symbolize trumpets reminding us that the world is heralding the news that Jesus is born
Pretzels : Symbolize arms folded in prayer thanking God for the reason for the season; LOVE the greatest gift of all.
Chex Mix: Symbolize a blanket of warmth, comfort and joy
Craisens : Symbolize the holly berries that decorate our homes
Peanuts or cashews: Symbolize the planting of seeds of thanksgiving and peace on Earth.
M&Ms: Symbolize sweet Memories and the Magic of Christmas
Hershey Kisses: Symbolize the love of family and friends.
If you'd like to make this snack as a gift and put it in a tin along with a note, click on the link to print a copy.
To make this adorable Hershey Kiss Mouse click on the link. His tail is the stem from a cherry that's dipped in chocolate. His ears are almonds. MMMMM-MMMM delicious!
Are something fun you can do with your entire class. They make a nice gift that is relatively easy to make, incorporates math extensions, and is inexpensive. If you had parents sign up at your Open House to bring things in when needed, draw from that list for your ingredients, or tie it in with your snack time and ask that parent to donate bulk size jars of applesauce. A bonus of this activitiy is that your room smells fantastic!
Well that's it for Dishin' Up With Diane for this month. I'd love to hear from you if you have a favorite December recipe or holiday tradition, or if you tried one of my recipes and had fun with it. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org In the meantime, I hope you have a simply wonderful time with your kid in the kitchen!