Monday, December 9, 2013

Cinnamon ornaments

Hi! Jess from Figuratively Speeching SLP here. Excited to share my first post here on this amazing blog!

I wanted a crafty project that would incorporate some cooking for my life skills class, since they need to practice, not only cooking, but sequencing, following directions, asking questions, social language, and more. Cinnamon ornaments seemed easy enough, and I had made them a long time ago when I worked in a special education preschool.

Ingredients and materials needed:
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3/4 to 1 cup applesauce
(Recipe for 10 to 12 ornaments)

Assorted cookie cutters
Plastic wrap
Measuring cups and spoons
Mixing bowl
Cookie sheet
Puffy paint or other decorations
Straw (to poke holes in ornament)

Pour cinnamon and applesauce into bowl and mix. You can use a spoon, but to make sure it is incorporated (and for a great sensory experience), you may need to use your hands. You know it is mixed when you can form a large ball with the dough. If it is too crumbly add a little more applesauce to it.

Place a piece of plastic wrap on table. Place a quarter of the dough on wrap, and another piece of wrap on top. Using rolling pin, flatten dough to about a quarter inch thick. You can make them thicker, but it will take longer to dry out. If you are like me and don't have a rolling pin, wrap a can of soup, or another object in plastic wrap to use to roll out dough.

Use your cookie cutters to cut out shapes. I used a Christmas tree, a gingerbread man, and a snowflake. Place shapes on cookie sheet. Poke a hole in each shape using a straw. If you have an oven at your disposal, you will bake at 200 degrees for about 1 and a half to 2 hours, depending on thickness.  **If you do n ot have an oven, you can let them dry on a rack overn ight.**

When they are dry and cool, decorate any way you like. Here are some examples from me and my kids!  Enjoy!

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