Last week Joshua and Maren went to a Fine Arts camp in the mornings, so I got to spend some quality time with my Christopher. We've been working on sounding out simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, and decided to practice them while we made sugar cookies.
Maren probably made cookies with me fifty times before she turned four and a half (yes, I have a problem), but I don't think I had ever made cookies with just Christopher (poor third child), so he had a lot of fun cracking the eggs, putting the ingredients in, and clicking on the mixer.
We rolled out the dough and then decided what word we wanted to make. We said the word slowly and he figured out what letter we needed, found the right cookie cutter, and cut it out. He lasted about 5 words and then was too tired to do any more, so he just cut out whatever shapes he wanted to.
When the cookies were done, we let them cool and ate a few. I decided not to frost them, since it turns out kids still like sugar cookies just fine without frosting. The next day, we did more activities with the cookies. I would spell a word, like "CAT", and then take away the "C", put an "S" in front and then he would sound out "SAT". We did lots of rhyming words that way.
Of course, it would've been much easier to just buy alphabet cookies or cereal at the store and do this activity, but we had a lot of fun making cookies and memories together.