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Ice Cream Cone Cookie

Ice Cream Cone Cookie

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I Scream.  You Scream.  We All Scream for Ice Cream!  Go ahead and have a spoon full of ice cream!  

These easy to make Mini Ice Cream Cone Cookies encourage fine motor skill development such as using a knife to cut or spread frosting.  Your child will also practice important dexterity skills for picking up the tiny sprinkles.

When it comes to sensory processing, this cookie craft is especially good if your child is working on increasing their tolerance for having messy hands.  The pairing of a non-preferred sensation (getting hands dirty with frosting) with a positive association of ice cream, can serve as an experience that turns a messy activity into a fun experience.  Plus, licking this kind of ice cream may also introduce a new texture that some kids may otherwise avoid.

I always have a wet paper towel or wet wipe on hand so kids can wipe their hands.  Plus, it’s also best practice for little chefs to learn to not lick their fingers while cooking, no matter how delicious.  It’s not only good practice for sanitation, but also good practice for exercising self-control!

I know you’re gonna love making these with your kids!  Would you like one scoop or two?  Or perhaps you prefer having a spoonful of ice cream?   In this case, each mini ice cream cone fits onto a tablespoon, and although small, they’re sure to be a big hit at your next celebration.

Check out the video tutorial below for step by step instructions to make these tasty treats.

 

 

 Here’s what you’ll need

  • Wafer cookie
  • Mini Nilla Wafer cookie
  • Mini M&M or red hot candy
  • Frosting
  • Sprinkles
  • 2 Knives (1 to cut and 1 to spread the frosting)
  • Toothpick

  Make it!

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Other modifications

  • Consider subbing ingredients to make it dairy and gluten free.
  • Use a rocker knife.
  • Use tweezers to pick up small candies.

 

COMING SOON…  A cool Ice Cream Sandwich lunch idea that’ll turn any plain sandwich into a treat!

Flag Cookie

Flag Cookie

This 4th of July Flag Cookie is a sweet way to celebrate Independence Day!  Learn how to make these miniature Flag Cookies by watching the video tutorial.  Hope you have a blast celebrating the 4th! ?

Have your kids write out these simple directions on the Free Printable Flag paper (See link at the end of the post).

Steps to make the Flag Cookie Craft

  1. Spread the frosting.
  2. Add the blue frosting.
  3. Put on the stars.
  4. Trim and add the stripes.
  5. Add the flag pole.

Enjoy!

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To make a smaller version, use a quarter of a graham cracker square instead of half.

Check out the 4th of July Free Flag Paper and Writing Prompts post.  Click Here.

Bird Nest Cookie

Bird Nest Cookie

Bird Nest Cookie Recipe

Welcome spring with this adorable bird nest cookie!  Practice dexterity skills to build the nest with chocolate “mud” and crunchy “twigs”.  These tiny “tweets” are sure to please at your next spring time or Easter gathering…

 Here’s what you’ll need

  • Nilla wafer cookie
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Jelly beans or mini chocolate eggs
  • Chow mein cracker noodles

Pro Tips

  • Kids can practice spreading with a knife.
  • Using two hands to hold the tiny noodles is great for fine motor skills.

Improve Fine Motor Coordination:

  • 2 hand use:  This craft requires bilateral hand coordination, such as breaking the noodles to make the nest.
  • Utensil use:  Spreading the frosting is great practice and will come in handy when it’s time to pack sandwiches for lunch!

Too easy? Increase the challenge!

    • Have the child pick up the jelly beans using thumb and pointer finger while keeping the other fingers tucked in.
    • Make multiple cookies for repetition and skills practice.

Write out the recipe.

STEP 1:  Spread the frosting on the flat side of the cookie.
STEP 2:  Break the noodles and build the nest.
STEP 3.  Put the eggs in the center.
STEP 4.  Enjoy your spring “tweet”!

Or use gluten free pretzels and cookies.

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Looking for other ways to celebrate spring?  Enjoy spring time blooms and read more about the sensory processing and fine motor benefits of garden activities.

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