Use ready made ingredients to assemble this Halloween cookie craft. There are several skills that your child will practice to make these adorable cookies, whether it’s a single treat or a platter of pumpkins to bring to your next party.
Your child will improve fine motor skills while using a spoon to mix, a knife to spread and scissors to snip! Mixing requires strength and the use of two hands (one to hold the container and the other to stir with a spoon). Learning to hold a knife properly to spread the frosting and snipping with scissors are fun ways to improve utensil use.
And did you know that chocolate chips can be therapeutic? You don’t ever have to convince me to eat chocolate! However, picking up these tiny chocolate morsels is excellent for developing hand dexterity, especially pincer grasp (pinch between thumb and index finger). You can get several repetitions in if you decorate lots of little pumpkins.
Add to the challenge by placing the chocolate chips on the face with the pointy sides up. This will make the face look like a classically carved pattern with a triangle-shaped nose and eyes. Decide whether your Jack o’ Lantern’s mouth will be happy, sad or scary! However, no matter how scary these Jack O’ Lantern Cookies try to be… they’ll always be cute, little pumpkins that’ll get gobbled up faster than you can say “goblin”.
Jack O’Lantern Cookie
- Oreos or other round cookies
- Mini Chocolate chips
- Orange frosting OR Vanilla frosting and red and yellow food coloring
- Green Sour Punch Straws