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Pot O’Gold Cookie

Pot O’Gold Cookie

Today’s your lucky day to learn how to make this precious Pot O’Gold Cookie Craft.

Your kids will think they’ve hit the jackpot when they create this leprechaun sized treat!

 Here’s what you’ll need for 1 cookie

  • 1 sandwich cookie (e.g. Oreo)
  • Airheads Extreme Rainbow candy strip
  • 1 Rolo candy
  • White Frosting and green food coloring
  • Tools:  Dull knife or spreader (great for little hands)

  Make it!

STEP 1:  Spread the frosting smoothly to cover the top of the cookie.
STEP 2:  Place the Rolo in the center of the cookie.
STEP 3.  Cut the airhead strip into thirds.
STEP 4.  Bend the rainbow over the Rolo candy.

STEP 5.  Add frosting clouds to the sides of the rainbow.

A Leprechaun sized Pot O’Gold Cookie!

Skills Addressed

  • Fine motor: This craft requires bilateral hand coordination, such as holding scissors to cut with one hand while stabilizing the candy strip with the other hand.  Squeezing the frosting bag is good for strengthening the hands and practicing how to grade the amount of force used.  Squeeze the frosting bag too hard and too much comes out, too little and your clouds will look deflated.
  • Utensil use:  Spreading the frosting is great practice and will come in handy when it’s time to pack sandwiches for lunch!

To increase the challenge

  • Have the child mix up their own frosting.
  • Make multiple cookies for repetition and skills practice

Other modifications

  • Consider subbing ingredients to make it dairy and gluten free.  The Airheads contain wheat.
  • Make your own homemade frosting and cookies.
  • Use this as feeding therapy game, experimenting with different textures to improve tactile tolerance for wet or sticky textures (e.g. frosting, sticky candy, sugar crystals).
Thanksgiving Turkey Cookie

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookie

These tiny Turkey Cookies will be gobbled up in no time!

Use ready made ingredients to assemble this Thanksgiving Turkey Cookie craft.  There are several skills that your child will practice to make these adorable cookies, whether it’s a single treat or a flock of sweet turkeys to grace your Thanksgiving dessert table.

Your child will improve fine motor skills while using a a knife to spread and scissors to snip!  Learning to hold a knife properly to spread the frosting and snipping with scissors are fun ways to improve utensil use.  Challenge dexterity by placing 5 candy corns in the palm of the hand, then shift the candy corns from the palm of the hand to your thumb pad and index finger tip without help from the other hand.  This fine motor coordination skill is called palm to finger translation.

Picking up these tiny chocolate morsels is excellent for developing a pincer grasp (pinch between thumb and index finger). An alternative is to buy the ready made candy eyeballs, which will be easier for younger children to grasp.  To challenge and practice  fine motor skills, enlist your child in making several Turkey Cookies arranged on a plate as a colorful centerpiece at your next fall gathering!

Turkey Cookie

Ingredients

  • 1 Nilla wafer Cookie
  • 1 Mini Nilla Wafer Cookie
  • 1 Mini Marshmallow
  • 2 Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 5-6 candy corns
  • 1 orange slice
  • 1 dried cranberry (Craisins)
  • Chocolate frosting

Supplies:  Knife, scissors, toothpick (optional). 

Other Ideas:  Use red gummy candy or licorice for the gobbler.  If using an Oreo cookie for the body, stick the candy corn tips sandwiched between top and bottom half. Then place the head on top.

Directions

  1. Body: Spread the frosting over the Nilla Wafer Cookie.
  2. Head: Stick the Mini Nilla wafer on the bottom half of the body.
  3. Feathers: Place 5 candy corns in a semi-circle shape above the head.
  4. Eyes: Using scissors, cut a marshmallow in half and put the sticky side down for 2 eyes.  Add chocolate chip to the center of each eye. Press the pointy side of the chip into the marshmallow.
  5. Beak and gobbler: Cut a small triangle shape from the orange slice and a thin strip of dried cranberry for the gobbler.  Place the gobbler next to the beak.

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Jack O’ Lantern Cookie

Jack O’ Lantern Cookie

These cute Jack O’ Lantern Cookies are SO easy to make it’s scary!

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

Ingredients

  • Oreos or other round cookies
  • Mini Chocolate chips
  • Orange frosting OR Vanilla frosting and red and yellow food coloring
  • Green Sour Punch Straws

Supplies

  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Scissors
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Pencil Cookie

Pencil Cookie

Go ahead, chew on this pencil eraser!  As a matter of fact, feel free to eat the entire pencil…. cookie pencil that is!  This graham cracker pencil cookie is sure to inspire your young writer.  “Pick up your pencil” will have a whole new meaning after you’ve tried these cute and crunchy pencil cookies.

Incorporate writing into this activity by having your child write out the recipe prior to making the pencil cookie.  Read below on how to sharpen your child’s writing skills in a fun and motivating way.

For early writers… encourage copying single words onto paper for each step.  For example, 1.  Graham Cracker  2. Frosting  3. Gum  4. Chocolate Chip.   Or write out the recipe in simple phrases and have your child copy it.

For older children….  Practice note taking by reading the recipe aloud to them and have them take notes.  You can even have your student make the pencil cookie first, then write out the steps they followed to to make it. 

All of these variations are fun ways to sharpen your child’s writing skills by addressing fine motor skills, sequencing and following directions.

Pencil Cookie

Ingredients:

  • Graham crackers
  • Pink bubble gum tape
  • White frosting
  • Mini chocolate chip

Note: Quarter of a graham cracker for a short pencil.  Half of a graham cracker cut vertically for a long pencil.

You will need: Scissors, Serrated knife for cutting graham crackers, butter knife for spreading frosting

Directions:

  1. Cut one end of the graham cracker into a triangle shape.
  2. Cut the bubble gum for the eraser.  Spread a small amount of frosting at the top of the graham cracker and stick the eraser on top.
  3. Spread the frosting on the pointy end of the triangle.
  4. Add a chocolate chip pointing down for the pencil tip.

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