Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christmas Holiday Cookies: Decorate and Enjoy

Christmas Cookie Idea

To the Kitchen! is a theme for November at Poppins Book Nook - just in time for festive holidays. We got out our favorite winter story book by Jan Brett and got busy decorating Christmas cookies.  You can find our previous Poppins Book Nook activities here: http://www.mybrightfirefly.com/p/poppins-book-nook.html.


The Mitten by Jan Brett

Our favorite book of the month is "The Mitten" by Jan Brett. This truly beautiful book, a folktale from Ukraine, offers a simple story line. It is not easy for wild animals to survive in the cold winter forest. They'd better be together and warm each other up! So animals squeeze into a single white mitten found on the snow. There is room for everyone. Yes, even a bear.

The illustrator's attention to detail makes her books so special and delightful. Pictured below, there is so much to notice on every page: the facial expressions of the animals, the "window" to the next page in a shape of a mitten... and wonderful samples of traditional European embroidery.


Christmas Cookies Preschool Activities

The wonderful artwork of the book has inspired us to decorate our Christmas cookies. My Firefly tried to copy my work and play with colors of the icing. So I had enough time to get into decorating myself. Yay!


Even through the cookies might not as beautiful as the patterns in the book, I'll admit, I enjoyed the process.



To the Kitchen

It's time for a Poppins Book Nook - a book club that goes live on the last Monday of each months.
You can find our previous Poppins Book Nook books and activities here:
http://www.mybrightfirefly.com/p/poppins-book-nook.html

The theme for this month is "To the Kitchen". This is a very exciting topic - it calls for all things holiday cooking and quality family time. Visit the hosts of Poppins Book Nook to find out what the kids were up to, their adventures and discoveries in the kitchen.

The wonderful bloggers that participate in the Poppins Book Nook are:  Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am  ~ Simple Living Mama
 

More Cooking with Kids Ideas from My Bright Firefly

Beautiful Vegetables for the Holiday Table
Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse!
Fun with Vegetables: Touch, Smell, Taste, Make Soup Together

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