This year has been really exciting for my three-year-old. Being in preschool, she is venturing into "big kid" territory where her language and how she thinks has greatly changed. One idea she had this year was to make gifts for her friends at school. I really love the idea of giving something personal for kids, so we decided to make ornaments and include a little bag of stickers and our favorite new Bernie's Farm Animal Cookies from Annie's. Featuring a combination playful cookie shapes, I love how they are made with organic wheat and naturally colored with fruit and vegetable extracts like blueberry, beet and carrots.
To start, I looked online for a salted dough recipe where I found an easy one from Busy Bee Kids Crafts. The kids and I got to work mixing, kneading, and shaping the dough. We then used simple cookie cutters and let the dough bake. When it was done and dry, we painted and strung the ornaments. I then got some baggies and added in the Bernie's Farm Animal Cookies from Annie's, along with some stickers for a simple, easy and meaningful gift. We added on some name tags and decorative string and that was it! Super fun and enjoyable, check out how to make the dough as well as more tips from Annie's below.
Salted Dough Recipe
1 cup salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup luke warm water
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1. In a large bowl mix salt and flour.
2. Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
3. With your hands form a ball with your dough and knead it for at least 5 minutes. The longer you knead your dough the smoother it will be.
Bake at 200 F until your creation is dry. The amount of time needed to bake your creations depends on size and thickness; thin flat ornaments may only take 45-60 minutes, thicker creations can take 2-3 hours or more. You can increase your oven temperature to 350 F, your dough will dry faster but it may also brown, which won't matter if you are painting your entire creation (you can also cover your dough in the oven before it turns brown).
More Gift Ideas from Annies:
DIY Gift Idea: Merry & Bright Mason Jar - Need to bring a holiday hostess gift and don’t have time to bake? Drop colorful Annie’s Bernie’s Farm Animal Cookies into a mason jar and tie it with festive ribbon. Made with organic wheat and naturally colored with fruit and vegetable extracts like blueberry, beet and carrot – festive holiday bites you won’t feel bad about.
Stocking Stuffers: Simple Snacks - Struggling for fun items to drop in your children’s stockings this year?Annie’s single pack Cheddar Bunnies, Bunny Grahams or Bunny Fruit Snacks are an easy way to delight kids for their lovable shapes and flavors and parents for their wholesome ingredients.
Menu Item: Clean Comfort Food - Whether part of your holiday menu or for a warm meal on a chilly day, Annie’s Organic Mac & Cheese comes with 100% real non-GMO cheese from happy California cows. Hint: Try these tasty festive recipes Pumpkin Sage Pasta or Garlic Turkey Mac & Cheese
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