Father's Day Cookies

What You Need:

  • Bag of rectangular sandwich cookies
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • About 1-2 tsp. water
  • Food coloring “markers,” available in the cake decorating section

What You Do:

  1. Pour sugar into a bowl, and add about 1-2 tsp. water. Mix the sugar and water into a paste, adding extra water as needed to reach the consistency of loose yogurt.
  2. Use a spoon or table knife to spread a thin layer of this icing on top of 12-15 cookies. The icing should dry and harden slightly within minutes.
  3. While you’re waiting, have your child brainstorm adjectives—words that describe a person, place, or thing. For at least three, look up the word in a thesaurus and see if you can find two more synonyms. Let’s say, for example, that you want to thank dad for being “funny.” A thesaurus will add “hilarious,” “humorous,” and “droll.”
  4. Now put your child to work with the food coloring markers. Have him use his best writing to decorate each cookie with a special word.
  5. When you’re done, you’ll have a sweet, original collection. Wrap them in a basket, and give them with pride. In just an hour or so of ridiculous, hilarious, creative fun, you’ve expanded your child’s language skills while creating a gift that’s downright delicious!

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