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Weather’s dreary. Holiday lights are up. A long afternoon awaits. You can pull out a bag of cookies to go with your hot chocolate…or better yet, try making this delightful “cookie science” project: melt the last of that Halloween hard candy into spectacular “stained glass” cookies. Your family may want to eat them, but they also make great decorations for your home, no matter what holiday your family celebrates. Making cookies is, of course, a classic kid craft. But don’t forget that it’s also a powerful chance for learning. Every time your kid handles a measuring cup or spoons, or understands melting and baking temperatures, he’s moving forward in his ability to do good science. So do plan to be on hand for this activity—you’ll be working with hot materials—but whenever possible, let your kid do the calculations and observations.