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Frosting Pumpkin Cookies


Frosting Pumpkin Cookies

[45 Minutes]

Make a batch of large, round cookies and frost them to look like pumpkins. Have fun and experiment with mixing colors.

You'll need:

• large, round cookies • white frosting • yellow and red food coloring • bowls • spoon • plastic knife • chocolate chips, raisins (optional)

What to do:

  1. Help your child place half of the white frosting in each of two bowls.
  2. Put the yellow food coloring on the table and next to it place the red container.
  3. Invite your child to place one drop of yellow and then one drop of the red food coloring in the frosting.
  4. Show her how to mix them thoroughly.
  5. Challenge her to name the new color and then set the bowl aside.
  6. Next put the red bottle on the table first and then the yellow one.
  7. Point and encourage your child to name them.
  8. Invite your child to add one drop of red and then one of yellow to the white frosting in the second bowl.
  9. Challenge her to mix it thoroughly and to name the color of the second frosting.
  10. Compare the two bowls. Talk about the color of the frosting. Talk about how even though the food coloring was added in a different order, the color came out the same.
  11. Together frost the pumpkin cookies. To turn them into jack-o'-lanterns, encourage your child to add chocolate chips or raisins for eyes, nose and mouth.

Let's Talk: Ideas to Explore Together.

  • How many drops of red did we add to this bowl? yellow?
  • What do you think will happen if we add more red color than yellow?
  • These cookies look delicious. Is there any one special you would like to invite over to share them with you?

Useful information:

While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop small muscle skills and an understanding of cause and effect.

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