What You Need:
- Assorted small cookies in different shapes and sizes such as animal crackers, wafer cookies, vanilla wafers, etc.
- Large cookies such as graham crackers or Matzos (these will be the base of the collage)
- Small colorful candies such as M&M's, gumdrops, jelly beans, gummy bears, etc.
- Tube of icing in any color
- Any other edible cake decorations you might have in your store cupboard
What You Do:
- Before starting, wipe down your work surface and have your child wash her hands.
- Gather all the cookies and confections together and arrange them on a tray so it's easy for her to see all the materials at her fingertips.
- Give her a large cookie. This will be her ‘paper’, or the base of her collage.
- Invite her to use the cookies and candies on the tray as collage scraps to make a picture or design, using the icing as glue. Here are some ideas to get her started:
- Use fortune cookies as rabbit ears.
- Use mini marshmallows to make rabbit feet and tails.
- Make a car using rectangular cookies as a base with round candy wheels and square candy windows.
- Use a quarter of a round cookie to make a great sail for a cookie boat. Use a square cookie for the boat and a candy string or licorice as the rigging.
- Make a cookie farm. Create a farmhouse using square cookies and place animal crackers around it.
- If you're giving the cookies away as gifts, allow the icing to dry so the collage pieces are firmly stuck together. Place them on a cardboard cake base and wrap with clear wrap or cellophane, then finish with a ribbon.
Try a savory collage by using biscuits, nuts, and cheese slices instead of cookies and candy, with cheese spread in place of icing.