messyplayforeveryday

A collection of fun activities for little hands!

Applesauce/Cinnamon Ornaments

on December 6, 2012

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One of the fun things I get to do as part of my job is to co-teach a parent/toddler sign language group.  As part of our group this week we decided to try these with the kids (who are 18 months to 3 years old) and it was so cute and successful that I of course brought it home to do with my own children.  These are not only very cute, but smell wonderful and my kids loved feeling the texture, squeezing it through their fingers over and over again!  All you need are

Applesauce

Cinnamon

Spatula

Bowl

Flour

Sharp Knife

Straw

Cookie Cutters

Ribbon

First decide how many you will make as this will determine how much to mix.  I did 1/2 cup cinnamon and 1/2 cup applesauce (it is a 1 to 1 ratio, so if you decide to make more  or less keep it equal parts) into your bowl and use the spatula to mix it really well.  It will make a thick brown paste like dough.  Flour your working surface and turn the mixture out onto it.  We used our hands to flatten it out to about 1/4 inch thick and then the cookie cutters to cut out cute shapes (we did gingerbread people, stars and hearts).  An adult can then use the sharp knife to cut away any excess dough that has stuck around to make the edges more crisp looking.  Then use the straw to punch a hole in the top for the ribbon which will be added once they are completely dry.  Put them on a plate or parchment paper and allow to dry for several days before adding your ribbon.  They smell wonderful and make cute gifts from your kids too!  Enjoy!!

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