Getting kids in the kitchen learning about how food is made and making their own food is a HUUGGEE tool in building relationships with them, teaching skills, and helping them deal with stress. I'm not being overdramatic. As the oldest of 10 children and a youth director for years and years, I have seen the value the kitchen can have in children first hand...repeatedly. Getting families into the kitchen talking and making and eating together is a passion we have here at NellieBellie and we think these Cookie Dominoes are one of the cutest ways to get kids interested in cooking AND math.
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Dominoes are traditional tile pieces used for playing a seemingly infinite variety of games. Games like dominoes help children learn to negotiate rules, strategize, solve problems, and navigate social interactions. To spark your child's interest in traditional games, bake up a set of these cookie dominoes!
- sugar cookie dough, chilled (packaged or use your favorite recipe!)
- table knife
- baking sheet
- 1 can white frosting (although we made ours without the frosting. Or make it homemade!)
- 1 tube black decorator's icing (available in supermarket baking section)
- Roll out the chilled cookie dough to 1/4" thickness.
- Have your child cut the dough with the table knife into domino-sized rectangles, approximately 1¼" x 2¼" each.
- Transfer the cookie tiles to the baking sheet with a spatula.
- Bake the cookies according to the recipe or package directions until golden at the edges, approximately 10 minutes.
- While the cookies are still warm, have your child carefully cut off the edges of each one with a knife to create a sharper rectangle shape.
- Allow the cookies to cool completely.
- Help your child spread a smooth, thin layer of white frosting on top of each cookie. Place the cookies in a single layer on a flat plate or baking sheet.
- Refrigerate the frosted cookies for 30-45 minutes to allow the frosting to set.
- Have your child draw a line across the middle of each cookie with the black decorator's icing and add dots on either side in domino patterns.
Go ahead and cook up a full set of dominoes, if you like. But it might be better to simply bake up a small set (numbers 1-4) and pull out a set of real dominoes and learn to play some of the simpler games together!
For more great education ideas check out education.com
For more great recipes for getting kids in the kitchen try...
How to Make Homemade Pasta