Sometimes life as a preschooler can be frustrating. You've probably told your child many times to "use your words" rather than hit a friend over the head with a toy when he's unhappy. Still, it can feel good to hit something when you're mad. It's just not okay to use a classmate or sibling!
These cookies are the perfect solution. The more your child mashes, squeezes, pounds, and pulverizes the dough, the better they'll taste! So give him a bowl to work with and the thumbs up to let off steam. A fun alternative to play dough, he'll feel better after he gets rid of all that pent up energy, and he can eat the results!
What You Need:
- 3 cups oatmeal
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
- 3/4 cup apple sauce
- 3/4 cup margarine or butter
- 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup chocolate chips or raisins
What You Do:
- Let your preschooler help you measure out the ingredients. Talk about the measurements as you go along. Compare the amounts and discuss which is more and which is less.
- Mix all the ingredients except the chocolate chips or raisins in a large bowl until combined. Remove it from the bowl and lay it out on a work surface. Let your child mash, knead, squeeze, pound, and play to his heart's content. The more he works the dough, the better the cookies will taste.
- When he's done kneading and mashing, show him how to roll bits of dough between his hands to form small balls, about an inch in size. Place the balls on a cookie sheet.
- If he'd like, let your child press some chips or raisins into the balls. Coconut also tastes great and is fun to use.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes in a 350 degree oven.