Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas: C is for Cookies and Candy

C is for Cookie Pic

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We read “The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher” today as part of our ABC’s of Christmas Countdown. This was a new book for us this year – I decided to get it from Amazon a few weeks back due to some great reviews. Can I just say that is books is ADORABLE!!! so much so that I even read it to the big boys (our 12 middles schoolers) who thoroughly enjoyed it to! It is a cute story about a sprinkle snitcher who steals everyone's sprinkles on Christmas eve so the moms don;’t have any to put on the cookies that the children are all dreaming about eating the next day. The whole town is devastated and no one is brave enough to go after the snitcher but a little boy. He tracks the snitcher down and they devise a plan to make the wrong, right! The text  is written in rhyme and the illustration are equally as good.  The book was written in the 1960’s and has recently been re-published…..I would get your copy before they run out! I know this book is going to be read MANY times over the years (today alone I read it at least 5 times!).

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Here is the C is for cookie craft that we did. Just use equal parts of paint and white glue, mix together and paint on the “C” to look like icing. While it is still wet, sprinkle on some real sprinkles and let it dry. It dries all glossy just like royal icing :-)

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We also did this cookie beginning sounds sorting activity. If you’d like a {free} copy, click the picture above.

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The boys made their names with cookie letters. The letters came from this cookie alphabet.

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C is also for “Christmas Candy” so we made some candy patterns. There are 5 or 6 sets and a blank one to make your own. If you’re interested in a {free} copy, click on the picture above. The download also includes the activities in the pictures below!

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I stuck some “candy pieces” on the end of clothespins and the boys used them to clip onto the candy jars. The candy jars go from 1-10 and the candy pieces are included.

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Candy……..what a great opportunity to learn about sharing! I made mats for sharing between 2,3 and 4 people (or cutesy animals!). Pick a number card to put on the mat, count the correct amount of candy and then see if you can share it equally between the people. Click HERE to download all the “Candy Math” activities.

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Each year, our student home teams up with another home (elementary boys) and we go caroling around some of the other elementary homes. Then we head back and make cookies………it really is one of my favorite things! It was the first year we took our little guys along and they had a blast. Do you see Channing’s swollen right eye?! It has actually gone down a lot in the picture but he woke up with it out of the blue…….weird! I did call the doctor and they said to give him Benadryl…..which I did and not much improvement – has anyone had this happen before?

{As of 7:18 Saturday morning, it’s still swollen!}.

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We had a fun (and LONG) B day :-)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing!

My Garden of Eden said...

Super cute!!! So not to scare you but the swollen eye happened to my friends little guy....it was an infection that they had to go in and have surgery to get it out. It was a sinus infection they never knew about that went behind the eye. Good luck!! And thanks for always sharing such fun things!

Michelle said...

Hmmm....I took Sully to the doctor late yesterday (turns out he has a double ear infection) and I spoke with the Dr about the eye....he said the same thing - that it could be a sinus infection and he'll want to see him if it's still bad today. Right now, the puffiness has gone but it's red (like he was punched).....we'll see how he goes today - we may have to make another trip to the DR! Thanks for your comment!!

Amy said...

Thanks so much for sharing these, hope your little one is feeling better soon!

Tanya said...

I love your blog. I'm sure I'm not the first, but I awarded you the Sunshine Award.
☺ Tanya
First Grade is Fantabulous!

Kinderpond said...

Another job well done!


TFS :)


Jennifer

Pam said...

Thank you so much for all the shares. You are so creative and your activities are so engaging. My kinders love them so much!
I hope your little sweetie is feeling much better!

Barbara said...

You have to be hands down one of the most generous Mom/teacher on the web today...
I have followed you for so long and it keeps getting better and better...I don't miss a post!
Hope your little guy is up and around soon...when mine were young we did the ear infection thing too..not fun as I remember..you just feel so bad for them.
Fondly, B.

phasejumper said...

Love love love this idea (and the whole alphabet)! Pinning it and looking forward to seeing all the letters!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and your free downloads! They are always so adorable! Thank you soooo much! I seem to be having a problem this morning though--I couldn't download any of these files. It said the files are unavailable--that they have been deleted. Help please!