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Letter of the day– Cc

C is for cookies. This is a term we have heard for years thanks to Sesame Street. I choose this letter because it is typically not the connection that is made in schools, and I have a simple yet tasty recipe to share.

Jack Hartmann’s letter C song.

The letter Cc is a key letter in alpabet writing. You need to know how to correctly form the letter c in order to form lowercase a, d, e, g, o, and q and capital G,O, Q. It also helps in the forming the Ss as well.

Capital C – Start almost at the top, curve up, around, down and up

lowercase c- start almost at the top (under the dotted line if you are working on lined paper) and then curve the same exact way

The challenge of this letter is getting the children to not start the the exact top. They also struggle with the direction of the curve. This in addition to the fact that most children want to start at the bottom and not at the top. Practice hand over hand, and over and over again… it is all about muscle memory.

Today’s activity: cookies!

Mmm Cookies by Robert Munsch — Robert Munsch is one of my favorite authors. There is a lot of humor in his books

Cookie’s Week by Cindy Ward

“Mmm Cookies” is about making play dough cookies. This is a great opportunity for the children to get creative. Provide your child with play dough and encourage him/her to make cookies. You can provide cookie cutters, but it is not necessary. Provide a rolling pin (small dowel or pvc pipe works too) and a plastic knife. The use of play dough is great for fine motor development and the more you encourage your child to use their fingers/hands and arm strength to manipulate the play dough.

“Cookie’s Week” is a great story for sequencing and/or retelling the story. You can divide a sheet of paper into boxes and have your child illustrate the different events in the story. Or, better yet, have your child create his/her own version of the mischief that Cookie could get into for a whole week.

Confetti Cake Mix Cookies

My sons have helped out in the kitchen since they were about 2 years old. This recipe is one of the first they learned to master independently. Your child can do most of this recipe with limited assistance.

cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
  • Cake mix— I used confetti this time, but you can use most flavors
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • frosting- optional
everything in one bowl
mix together. dough will be very thick and sticky
bake until the edges are golden
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Put cake mix in a bowl
  3. add eggs and oil
  4. mix with a spoon
  5. dish onto pan
  6. bake 6-8 minutes
  7. cool
  8. frost if wanted

This recipe can be translated into lots of combinations here are a few of our favorites:

  • vanilla cake mix with chocolate chips (with or without chocolate frosting
  • devils food cake mix with peanut butter chips (with or without vanilla frosting)
  • spice cake with cream cheese frosting (my personal favorite)
  • lemon cake with lemon or vanilla frosting

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