Can you say PROCRASTINATION?! Last year, my class made their parent gifts way back at the beginning of December. Here it is, almost time for break... and we just started them! Oops. At least the craft that we make is super easy... I have included lots of pics to make it easy for you to follow if you are interested in making these too! I really wish you could smell the "goodness" of these ornaments through the computer... they are delicious. As we were making them we had at least 4 staff members stop in our room because they could smell them from the hallway!! Oh and did I mention... they are super cheap!? A teacher's dream right?
You will first need to gather your materials. You can make the dough ahead of time and store in an airtight container so it doesn't dry out. I made all of the dough at home the night before so it was easier clean-up. Plus, then you don't have to haul everything in to the school. You will need: flour, salt, cinnamon and water. Yep. That's it!
To make the ornaments at school you will also need a variety of cookie cutters, a rolling pin (if you don't have one- the kids can just squish the dough down with their hands) and a spatula. If you mix the dough at school you will also need a measuring cup, a bowl and a spoon.
The recipe is super simple:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup cinnamon
3/4 cup very warm water
As you can see in my picture above, I went totally generic and cheap with the ingredients. I have found that buying quality products doesn't give me any different of a result... so cheap it is!
Add all of your ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. If the dough seems sticky, add a little flour. If the dough seems crumby or hard, add a little water. The consistency should be like play-doh. After mixing it a bit with the spoon, you might have to just dig in and mix with your hands!
Sprinkle some flour on your work surface so the dough doesn't stick and roll out a chunk of it. I would give students a chunk about the size of a tangerine (weird comparison?). Have them roll it so it is between 1/2" and 1/4" thick. If they get too thin... they can easily break. If you go thicker... they will take a little while longer to dry.
Use the cookie cutters to cut the shapes. Here are a few pictures of my kids working on cutting them.