Cookies for Santa

Making cut-out cookies with children is an event that involves flour on the floor, frosting on faces, and sprinkles… well, pretty much everywhere. It’s been a cherished family tradition for as long as I can remember. Cut, bake, and decorate. Be sure to allow lots of time. It’s okay to teach that you get more…

Play with your food: Personal pizzas

Pizza is in itself the entire food pyramid. Great for parties and fun for kids of all ages, personal pizzas can turn meal prep into play. The homemade dough takes a few hours to rise, so allow plenty of time. It’s great for a holiday, weekend, or bad weather day off. Activate the yeast. Getting…

My relationship with cake

Cake and I go way back. My mom made a cute elephant cake for my first birthday, using instructions from this 1959 edition book of Animal Cut-up Cakes. It was a nifty little book that showed what type of baking pans to use and how to cut the cakes into pieces and arrange them into…

Inexpensive anytime art recipes to use with children

These child-tested, homemade materials will help keep your budding artists busy, happy, and creating. 1. Cornstarch fingerpaint 1/4 cup cornstarch3/4 cup cold waterFood coloring Combine cornstarch and water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and clear. Divide fingerpaint into separate containers and add food coloring. Then create! This is…

Missing those Sweethearts?

No Sweethearts candy? No problem! Making cutout sugar cookies at Christmastime has been a family tradition for as long as I can remember. But why only Christmas? Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter and make your own conversation hearts cookies this Valentine’s Day. Frost them with pastel colors and pipe on your own messages with frosting….