Fun Sock Puppets Ideas to do with Your Child

When you are coming up with ideas to have fun with your child, you may think of things like Hide’n’seek, making cookies, reading books, and playing with Legos.  You may think of building blocks, softballs, soccer balls, or movies.  But what do you do with your creative little one?  Imagination is one of the best things about kids – but can also be one of the hardest things to accommodate.  Coming up with imaginative things can be quite different, and a large drain on your energy.  But it doesn’t have to be!

Kids love to play with puppets and representative objects.  They can create their own worlds with just a few pieces.  The best news of all – they aren’t something that you have to spend a lot of money on! You can make puppets at home! Making the puppets is only part of the fun though – here’s how to make some quick puppets, and some things you can do!

  1. Socks

To make sock puppets, you are going to need to start with some socks. Any socks will do, but the best are long tube socks – Black or White will offer quite a bit of variability, but you can also use a variety of colors – grey, maroon, red – the options are practically endless.  You don’t need to do anything with the socks – as they are works just fine!

Sock puppet

  1. Make a face!

If your child is older, you can add some more detail.  You can use objects like googly eyes, and eyelashes. You can hot glue some pieces on.  If, however, your child is very young, these items can easily pose a burn or choking risk, making them an unnecessary hassle. For younger children, bring out some markers and let them draw on their socks.  Even if they are a mess of color, your child will know what they are and be perfectly happy with the result! For expressions, have some fun with markers, paint, or pipe cleaner for your older kiddos. By making your puppets expressive, you are able to bring them to life!

  1. Choose what to do!

Your child can plan out a whole production for the family, and you can take part in it with them. Let them develop a story and characters, and be their own little director.  You can also use sock puppets for direct play, helping them to learn a lesson – it could be on manners, on math, on sharing – it can be on anything that you want it to be! Another option is to use sock puppets to explore a new idea, and allow your child to follow something through before applying it to real life.

No matter how you choose to make and use sock puppets with your child(ren), you can always find fun and enjoyment in it.  Being able to help your children learn and grow while they play?  Well, that’s just a perk.  Seeing their faces light up AS they learn?  That’s what makes the effort worth it!

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Easy Cookie Recipes for Kids

Cookie Recipes for Kids

Every child gets to the point where they’re interested in learning how to make things in the kitchen.  And this shouldn’t just be a little girl activity.  Some of the best bakers in the world are men and they started by baking with their families.

Here are some ideas for kid friendly cookie recipes that are perfect for the upcoming holidays.

Using Pre-Prepared Dough

This is perfect for young kids who aren’t ready to measure ingredients or use the mixer.  You can get prepared sugar cookie or chocolate chip cookie dough and roll it out.

Kids who are between the ages of three and five will have a great time picking out cookie cutters and cutting the shapes from the rolled out dough.  You can have them help you place the shapes on a baking pan and then decorate them when they’re done.

From Scratch

Preparing the dough from scratch is a great activity for older children.  From about fifth grade on, your kids can accept more responsibility for the cookie baking activity.  Let’s look at some relatively easy recipes that kids will love to do.  These recipes are brought to you by our friends at food.com.

Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

With a prep time of just 15 minutes and a cooking time of 12 minutes, this could very well be the easiest peanut butter cookie recipe around.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of peanut butter, smooth or chunky
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • One large egg
  • Sugar, for rolling (optional)

Directions

Mix peanut butter, sugar and egg together until smooth.  Drop by teaspoons onto cookie sheet 2 inches apart. If you want, roll the cookie in extra sugar before placing it on the cookie sheet.

Press with a fork and press again in the opposite direction for crosshatch look. Bake 10 to 12 minutes at 350° but make sure they don’t get brown and over baked.

Place cookies in a cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon. Attach a holiday label so your recipient knows who the cookies are from.

Chocolate Cowboy Cookies

This cookie recipe has a few more ingredients than the peanut butter cookie recipe but it is just as easy to make and delicious.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup margarine or ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed firmly
  • One large egg
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Half cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions

Sift all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.  Blend together the margarine (or shortening) and the sugars.  Add the egg and beat until light and fluffy and then add the vanilla.  Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and mix well.

Add the remaining ingredients and mix.  Drop by teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 350° oven for about 12 minutes.  If you like cookies that are crisper, cook a little bit longer.

These recipes are sure to be a hit with your kids and having them as your assistants just might inspire the next top pastry chef.

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