Sunday, December 4, 2011

Crafts and Cookies With Blue and Steve

C and E (ages 5 and 7) made a paper chain to decorate our living room, this weekend, just like Blue did in A Blue's Clues Holiday.

We also tried out a recipe for Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper's Snowball Cookies (click the link to see the recipe).

The story is pretty much like the old (when Steve was still around) Blue's Clues holiday special, that you can still watch, at least in part, on, except with the bonus of a few craft suggestions (the paper chains, and paper plate snowflakes), and Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper's cookies.

The recipe is cleverly illustrated, so even non-reading preschoolers would be able follow along, and the girls thought the cookies were a lot of fun to make.

Unfortunately, we found them to be a tiny bit dry, and crumbly...

...and pretty messy. I'm not sure I would have picked snowball cookies, which generally call for powdered sugar, as a cookie of choice for younger children.

But, I think the enjoyable experience of following the recipe from the book, and the children's love and appreciation of Blue and Steve, even though we've outgrown the show, made for a good deal of festive fun.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Ticia said...

You know. I don't think my kids have ever seen Blue's Clues, and I rather enjoy that show.

Shame the cookies weren't enjoyable, but the process looked fun.

Ticia said...

Oh, and wanted to let you know. I finally gave in, and someone taught me to crochet. Now I have a truly horrendous looking infinity scarf started. It's a lumpy bumpy mess. I think I'm going to feel about crocheting like you do about sewing.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Ticia - So funny! Try a small amigurumi project before you write crochet off. They are still very simple, as long as you can count, multiply and single crochet, and they are a lot more fun than scarves :)

Debbie said...

My mom use to make the best snowball cookies. I didn't get that recipe, so I am thinking it was in her cookbook, but my brother took that.

I wanted to make a paper chain with Selena, but she just informed me not this year.

Christy Killoran said...

R doesn't watch Blue's Clues, but she still loves preschool television shows like Caillou and Max and Ruby.

Brandi said...

I miss Blues Clues, my girls are too old for it. But I'm looking for Holiday Cookies that they can make.

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

Blue Clues books are still in favor here, but Anna is usually not interested in trying the recipes. Anything with powdered sugar is a definite "out" for me :)