Sunday, December 27, 2009

Making cookies

We made all different kinds of cookies for Christmas this year. And by "we" I mean me, and then sometimes Ryann would come in at a random part of the process and want to make something totally different. Like chocolate cookie dough with white flour sprinkled on top.

She said she was "making doughs." How could I argue? I couldn't. I decided to make it easier for her to make "doughs" and easier for me to keep working through my cookie recipes so I set up her own emergency work station. Had I been thinking ahead and more prepared, I would have set up an actual cookie recipe that should could add pre-measured ingredients into a bowl and follow the process all the way through to make cookies all by herself.

Instead, I was desperate, scattered and working against a toddler who was quickly trying to flour everything in her grasp. So I set up a fake dough-making activity that worked just as well for her at the time.

From left to right: water, chocolate chips, powdered sugar, flour, granulated sugar. She used measuring spoons to add all the ingredients into her bowl. We refilled the flour cup a few times it was so fun!

She was so focused on this activity, I barely even heard a peep out of her. Unfortunately, the recipe I was working on next to her required mixing with my hands and her dough was not as stiff.

Afterwards, she "washed" all her dishes in the sink and got all this gloop off. As well as soaked her clothes and the floor.

This was really fun for both of us! I can't wait to try again with a real recipe. We just need to finish off all these cookies first...

1 comment:

  1. What a fun idea! And look how much fun she had! We (my 2 and 4 year old and I) baked a lot this Christmas season too. My 2 year old loves to come in and help and sometimes I bake something just to keep him entertained for a while! :)

    There have been those times when he says, "mommy, pour this in here?" and then proceeds to pour something into the bowl that wasn't supposed to be there! :)