here, along with the inspiration behind my baking idea. Anyway, the idea was that we were going to 'bake' cookies while reading our last book. So, I made ingredients out of craft foam and I passed them out to the kids. Then, I asked for different items and they brought them to me (or they just all brought them at once and I named what they were putting in the bowl - I expected that would be the case). I mixed it all up with a spatula and then put real cookie dough into a hidden Easybake Oven. (I kept it out of sight behind my cart and on a plastic chair so that no one would touch it.) Then we started smelling cookies as we read Who ate all the cookie dough by Karen Beaumont. After the book, I pulled out the cookies so they could see what they made. Then we ate cookies!
I did most of these free hand. I think that I found a clip art image of a liquid and dry measuring cup. I added a little dimension by making the salt and sugar sparkly, the baking soda is the soft side of velcro, and the flour is flannel. I also put clear tape over the brown part on the vanilla to make it look wet (I am suddenly wondering why I did not do that with the water, oh well). I labeled all of them thinking the parents could help send them up when I asked for specific items, but they all just brought them anyway :)
It was hard to tell if the kids got the idea that we were supposed to have made the cookies, but all of the parents seemed to like the idea.
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