Kids in the Kitchen: Easy Homemade Gift

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There is so much to do during the Christmas season that sometimes we become overwhelmed and lose sight of the true meaning.  For me Christmas is a special time; a time to forgive, rekindle, love, a time to serve those less fortunate, a time to give, and cherish all the family and friends in our lives.  

I think as parents we become sidetracked, or even distracted, by the “things” our children have asked to receive for Christmas. But, as parents we do have the opportunity to refocus not only our attention, but our children’s attention too, to the true meaning of Christmas. After all, think back to your Christmas when you were a child, what do you remember? What are your fondest memories, how many revolve around gifts and thing?  I know my fondest Christmas memories are of going out to cut down the Christmas tree with my family, Christmas Eve at the Cathedral, singing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve, my father reciting ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, playing games with family members at my grandparents, and one of my favorite, waking up early and placing the baby Jesus in the manger Christmas Day.

So, in an effort to refocus our attention and reignite the true meaning of Christmas here is a fun activity that will have you spending quality time with your children, making a truly priceless homemade gift, and hopefully making a fond Christmas memory in the process. So, turn up the Christmas music and grab your aprons, it’s time to make some Apple Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments!

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Apple Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

Ingredients/ Items you will need:

  • 2 cups Cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Cinnamon (to use for rolling out the dough)
  • 2-1/4 cups Applesauce
  • Cookie cutters
  • Straw
  • Rolling pin

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Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees. Mix Cinnamon and Applesauce together until it is the consistency of playdough.  Roll out dough, you might need to use cinnamon like you would flour so that dough doesn’t stick to the surface or rolling-pin.  Cut out Christmas shapes with cookie cutters.

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Then use the straw to make a small hole where the string will go later so that the ornament can be hanged on the tree.

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Place cutouts on cookie sheet and place in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a drying rack for a couple of days until they are completed dry. 

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Once dry add string or ribbon to each ornament and hang on tree or give as a gift.

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I am curious, what are your fondest memories of Christmas, or whichever holiday you celebrate this time of year?  Does your fondest memory revolved around a gift?

 

 

 

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4 Comments on “Kids in the Kitchen: Easy Homemade Gift”

  1. December 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    These turned out cute, and I bet they smell delicious! I will keep them in mind for next year….

  2. December 18, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    Such a fun activity … and such wonderful keepsakes! I still have all the ornaments my now-adult children made when they were little! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow

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