Snowman Sugar Cookies

I attempted to make CUTE, decorated sugar cookies last week for our church’s holiday bake sale.  I used store bought mix, store bought frosting, and store bought chocolate chips.

Mama O's Snowman Sugar Cookies

Mama O’s Snowman Sugar Cookies

From the picture they look okay, but as I was making them, I couldn’t help but think, “Wow, these look like my kids decorated them.”  As you can see from the picture, I became impatient, so I made some orange basketball cookies with the leftover orange icing and colored some vanilla frosting green to finish them up.  I experienced a similar feeling of impatience and frustration when my sister and I made sugar cookies several years ago (pre-kids), and it took forever to decorate them with our remedial skills!  I have used the paint-on frosting with my 3 year old and have had more success.

For a post on REALLY LOVELY homemade sugar cookies, check out these Nutcracker Cookies Nikki made. She suggests Sweetopia as a great how-to site. I’ll have to spend some time there to help channel my inner domestic cookie decorating goddess!

Do you have any tips on how to make baking cookies more fun and kid-friendly? I’d love to hear your ideas!

 

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Cardboard Choo Choo Train’s Debut

As I mentioned in my cardboard kitchen post, I had A LOT of boxes at my disposal to get creative and make another toy for my kiddos.  It’s crazy how many diaper boxes we have gone through – so crazy that I don’t like to think about it!  When my daughter said she wanted an engine birthday party, I knew I had the perfect idea to use up some of our boxes: a cardboard choo choo train!

Cardboard choo choo

cardboard choo choo side view

I didn’t really use a pattern, though I had these tips in mind while getting started.  Basically, I had one long box that spanned the entire length of the train engine, and cut up boxes to build up the engine compartment, using A LOT of duct tape to secure everything in place.  I scored and cut another box to make the round portion and made the funnel out of a cereal box. I found some old ribbon spools to make the circle buffers in front.  Everything was painted in a light pink latex paint (left in our basement by the previous owner).  The stripes and any other colored area are simply construction paper affixed with a spray adhesive.  I also made “passenger cars” – one brown and one purple – by putting together two diaper boxes.  All in all the cardboard choo choo was a BIG HIT at the party!

Birthday girl driving her train

We also had an “engine” birthday cake, just as I ordered via phone from our local bakery. To our surprise, they put a red fire engine on it instead of a train engine.  Our birthday girl didn’t seem to mind, plus the cake was delicious!

Mama O and Family with "Engine" cake

For thank you notes, I came up with a train outline card:

choo choo thank you

The text inside said, “That’s train for Thank you!”  I certainly enjoy taking time to create something fun and special in honor of my children’s birthdays.  We really had a wonderful time celebrating with our family.

I came across this cool article yesterday about a preschool classroom that ditched its toys for boxes:

Classroom Toys Replaced with Cardboard Boxes

Creative Kid’s Art Recycling

I like breaking out the art materials for my daughter.  Last time we had the crayons out, my 1 year son even grabbed one and did some scribbling.  Concentrating on an art project can quiet and calm kiddos like magic!  My daughter has cut paper for 45 minutes non-stop – incredible, right?!  She just likes to cut paper.  I’ve tried introducing the collage concept, but glue sticks just aren’t her thing right now. We have  a lot of scrap paper around and receive old office paper from my mom, but still I wanted to do SOMETHING with the pieces.  So I came up with this cute card idea.

Paper scraps

Heart collage card

We also had a lot of fun finger painting and tracing hands a few times.  The finished pieces were cute for sure.  I turned them into big flowers to decorate my daughter’s bedroom.  I’m glad I took pictures of this because the next day she ended up tearing them down during her “nap” time.  Sigh…I guess the next room decor is only one more art project away.

Handprint Flower

homemade flower decor

Other Project Ideas to check out: