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Jingle Bells and Cookie Smells: Crafting & Baking Our Way Through the Holidays

Updated: Dec 19, 2023


Expanding Minds Academy: Crafting & Baking Our Way Through the Holidays

A Festive Adventure in Bonding and Learning

At Expanding Minds Academy, the holiday season is not just a time for festivities; it's a golden opportunity for parents and children to bond through the joys of baking and crafting. As we delve into the delightful world of Christmas cookies and crafts, these activities become more than just fun - they are gateways to learning and creativity. Incorporating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) into these holiday projects is not only easy but incredibly enriching. For instance, while baking our Melted Snowman Cookies, parents can explain the science of how ingredients mix and change states when heated, turning it into a deliciously educational experience. Similarly, our crafting activities can involve discussing geometry in creating symmetrical snowflakes or understanding color theory while painting Wooden Spoon Christmas Crafts. Let's create, learn, and celebrate together this festive season at Expanding Minds Academy!


Christmas Cookie Corner

Ho, ho, ho! Step right into our Christmas Cookie Corner, where the oven is always warm, and the air is filled with the sweet aroma of holiday magic! Here at Expanding Minds Academy, we're rolling out the dough, sprinkling joy, and dabbing a bit of frosting on our noses for good measure. Whether you're a tiny tot with a rolling pin in hand or a grown-up with a penchant for festive flavors, our cookie recipes are tailor-made for fun, family bonding, and deliciousness. From the whimsical Melted Snowman Cookies to the twinkling Easy Vanilla Bean Christmas Lights Cookies, each recipe is a little parcel of holiday cheer. So, grab your aprons, gather the little ones, and let's turn the kitchen into a merry wonderland of cookie creativity! 🍪✨🎄



Melted Snowman Cookies
Expanding Minds Academy: Crafting & Baking Our Way Through the Holidays

1. Melted Snowman Cookies

Transform your kitchen into a winter wonderland with our Melted Snowman Cookies by Chelsea's Messy Apron! These aren't just treats but an opportunity for family bonding and STEAM learning. While crafting each buttery cookie topped with a melting marshmallow snowman, explore the science of baking and the art of decoration. This fun, interactive baking session is perfect for creating delicious cookies and cherished memories. Enjoy every giggle and artistic snowman face as you blend learning with holiday cheer!







Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups
Expanding Minds Academy: Crafting & Baking Our Way Through the Holidays

2. Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups:

A Cozy Cup of Creativity

Warm up your winter evenings with a delightful spin on a classic favorite - Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups by Julie's Eats and Treats! Picture this: the rich, velvety taste of hot cocoa nestled within a crisp, buttery cookie cup, crowned with soft marshmallows and a drizzle of melted chocolate. It's like sipping your favorite winter beverage in a bite-sized, edible form! As you and your little ones mix, shape, and bake these unique treats, it's the perfect time to explore the wonders of kitchen science together. Discuss how heat transforms dough into cookies or how chocolate melts, turning this baking session into a fun STEAM learning adventure. Bond over each delicious step and watch these cookie cups become a cherished, warm memory on cold nights.




Sugar Cookie Trees
Expanding Minds Academy: Crafting & Baking Our Way Through the Holidays

3. Sugar Cookie Trees

Imagine crafting a miniature forest of Sugar Cookie Trees, by Weelicious as enchanting to look at as they are delicious to devour! These delightful treats, stacked to mimic the towering pines of a winter wonderland, are more than just cookies; they're a canvas for creativity and learning. As you and your child mix, bake, and decorate, you create delicious treats and embark on a tasty STEAM adventure. Discuss the chemistry of baking as ingredients combine and transform in the oven, explore geometric shapes while cutting out the cookies, and dive into artistic expression with colorful icing decorations. It's a perfect blend of science, art, and quality time, turning your kitchen into a bakery and a classroom where fun and learning rise together like dough in the oven!



Reindeer Cookies
Expanding Minds Academy: Crafting & Baking Our Way Through the Holidays

4. Reindeer Cookies

Imagine the delight when you and your child(ren) bring Santa's reindeer to life right in your kitchen! Crafting these adorable Reindeer Cookies by All Recipes is more than just baking; it's a joyful STEAM learning adventure. As you shape their chocolatey faces and pretzel antlers, it's the perfect moment to chat about animal biology - why do reindeer have antlers, anyway? Or dive into kitchen chemistry to explore how baking transforms dough into delicious cookies. Complete with bright red noses, these treats are not just a nod to the famous Rudolph; they're a heartwarming way to bond, learn, and giggle together. So, gather your ingredients, and let's turn this festive baking into an educational journey sprinkled with laughter and learning!




Easy Vanilla Bean Christmas Lights Cookies
Expanding Minds Academy: Crafting & Baking Our Way Through the Holidays

5. Easy Vanilla Bean Christmas Lights Cookies: A Twinkling Treat

Transform your kitchen into a sparkling wonderland with our Easy Vanilla Bean Christmas Lights Cookies by Half Baked Harvest! These cookies are a treat for the taste buds and a feast for the eyes, with their playful resemblance to a string of colorful Christmas lights. The simple yet rich vanilla bean dough offers the perfect canvas for you and your little ones to explore creativity and precision. As you decorate each cookie, engage in a sparkling STEAM learning experience - discuss the science of baking, the art of design, and the engineering behind arranging the 'lights' in patterns. It's a delightful way to bond with your children, combining the magic of the holiday season with the joy of learning and creating together. These cookies will light up your holiday gatherings with their charm and the stories of fun and learning shared in making them.



Crafting Winter Wonders: A Whirlwind of Creative Fun!

Get ready to dive into whimsical crafting with your little ones! Our 'Crafting Winter Wonders' section is about rolling up your sleeves, getting a bit of glue and paint on your hands, and creating memories that last a lifetime. Imagine turning everyday items like egg cartons into adorable Christmas decorations - talk about a clever twist on recycling! Each craft is designed to spark both your child's imagination and yours. Every project is a playful adventure, from creating a herd of paper reindeer to fashioning festive characters from wooden spoons. So clear the table, gather your materials, and transform your home into a merry workshop of holiday cheer and creativity!



Paper Ball Reindeer Craft
Expanding Minds Academy: Crafting & Baking Our Way Through the Holidays

1. Paper Ball Reindeer Craft: A STEAM-Powered Holiday Adventure!

Get ready to turn simple paper into enchanting reindeer with our Paper Ball Reindeer Craft by Easy Peasy and Fun! This activity isn't just about crafting; it's a merry blend of art and learning, perfect for a parent-child team-up. As you and your little one fold, twist, and create, you're not just making cute reindeer but delving into a hands-on STEAM experience. This craft helps develop fine motor skills as tiny fingers learn to manipulate paper into 3D shapes - a fundamental engineering concept. Plus, it's a fantastic opportunity to weave in some learning magic. As you both craft, share tales about each of Santa's reindeer, sparking imagination and narrative skills. It's an ideal mix of creativity, learning, and festive fun, making those moments of togetherness even more special. So, grab your paper, and let's transform it into a mini herd of playful reindeer, ready to dash through your holiday celebrations! 🦌✨



Egg Carton Christmas Crafts
Expanding Minds Academy: Crafting & Baking Our Way Through the Holidays

2. Egg Carton Christmas Crafts: Recycle, Reuse, Reimagine!

Transform ordinary egg cartons into a wonderland of festive decorations with our Egg Carton Christmas Crafts by the Best Ideas for Kids! This activity isn't just a craft; it's a fun-filled, hands-on STEAM learning experience. As you and your child cut, paint, and assemble, you're not only crafting cheerful Santas and adorable elves; you're exploring the principles of recycling and sustainability. Discuss how repurposing materials can benefit our environment, fostering an early appreciation for eco-friendly practices. This activity also offers a fantastic way for parents and kids to bond, sharing laughs and learning moments. It perfectly blends creativity, environmental education, and holiday spirit!



Wooden Spoon Christmas Crafts
Expanding Minds Academy: Crafting & Baking Our Way Through the Holidays

3. Wooden Spoon Christmas Crafts: A Spoonful of Holiday Cheer and Learning

Transform your kitchen spoons into a jolly parade of Christmas characters with the Wooden Spoon Christmas Crafts by The Best Ideas for Kids! This crafty adventure invites you and your little ones to take ordinary wooden spoons and, with a splash of paint and a dash of creativity, turn them into festive figures like Santa, cheerful snowmen, or charming reindeer. It's not just about crafting; it's a beautiful opportunity for parent-child bonding and STEAM learning. As you paint and decorate, engage in conversations about colors, shapes, and storytelling, enriching your child's understanding of art and design. Discuss the history of these holiday characters or explore the physics of how paint dries. So, grab those spoons, and let's stir up some holiday fun and learning!




Snowman Craft
Expanding Minds Academy: Crafting & Baking Our Way Through the Holidays

4. Snowman Craft: A Frosty Friend Full of Fun and Learning!

Embrace winter's joy by creating your indoor snowman with our heartwarming Snowman Craft by the Best Ideas for Kids! Swap the chilly snow for cozy crafting materials, and together with your child, bring to life a charming snowman that's guaranteed to stay frosty all season long. This craft isn't just about fun—it's a fantastic way to bond with your kids and sneak in some STEAM learning. As you assemble your snowman, engage in conversations about the science of real snow, the art of design and symmetry in creating a balanced snowman figure, and even delve into some engineering as you figure out how to keep your snowman standing tall. It's a perfect blend of creativity, learning, and family bonding in an adorable snowman! 🌨️❄️🎩



Christmas Handprint Cards
Expanding Minds Academy: Crafting & Baking Our Way Through the Holidays

5. Christmas Handprint Cards: A Touch of Love and Learning

Create a heartfelt keepsake this holiday season with our Christmas Handprint Cards by the Best Ideas for Kids, where every imprint is a unique expression of love and creativity. This craft is more than just fun; it's a unique way for parents and children to bond and explore the wonders of STEAM learning together. As you and your little one press their hand onto the card, talk about the uniqueness of fingerprints and how everyone's print is one-of-a-kind – just like snowflakes! Engage in discussions about color mixing while choosing festive hues for the handprints, and explore basic geometry as you cut and fold the cards into perfect holiday greetings. These handprint cards are a joy to create and a sentimental gesture that family and friends will cherish. So, gather your paints and let each handprint tell a story of love and festive learning!



Share Your Creations

As our young chefs and crafters put their hearts into these projects, we invite families to share their masterpieces online. Post your delightful cookies and creative crafts on social media, and tag us using #ExpandingMindsChristmas. Let's share the joy and see how our academy family celebrates this festive season!


Join the Festive Fun!

We hope these recipes and crafts bring a sprinkle of Christmas cheer to your homes. Remember, the magic of the holidays lies in the joy of creating and sharing. So, preheat those ovens, prepare your crafting supplies, and make this Christmas unforgettable!


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