I grew up with parents who looooved to read. They never had a tv in their room and read every night before bed for at least an hour. It wasn’t until I was in about fifth grade that I fell in love with “the Babysitters Club.” But then I was hooked- books had my heart and I read every BSC book I could get my hands on. And this was back in the day before Amazon 2 day shipping and ordering books at your library online. It was so tough growing up in the 80s/90s. Now there are so many distractions and kids plugged in to electronics that it’s a challenge to get kids to read. Today I have an idea for you to help encourage reading and to make an activity out of one of my favorite kids books. It includes some yummy sugar cookies.
We (ahem maybe me more than anyone..) are huge David Shannon fans in my house. I love his illustrations and sweet story lines in every book he creates. “No David,” “A Bad Case of the Stripes,” and “The Rain Came Down” are a few of our favorites. But today we chose “Alice the Fairy.” I love that little Alice.
For this activity- grab Alice the Fairy and read it with your kids. Then get out the ingredients to make some Fairy Dust Sugar Cookies. And finally have them fill in some simple fairy printables.
Fairy Dust Sugar Cookies
- 1 c sugar
- 1 c oil
- 1½ tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 c butter
- 2 eggs
- 4 c flour
- Optional - colored sanding sugar
- Cream butter, oil (I used canola but vegetable oil could be used as well), and sugar for approximately 2 minutes.
- Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
- Sift the dry ingredients and gradually add to wet mix.
- Roll dough into balls and dip in powdered, granulated or sanding sugar.
- Press down with a glass to flatten slightly.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes (depending on your oven) until edges are just slightly brown. Don't overbake!
These cookies are simple to make and extra fluffy. They are light and sugary and yummy.
You can download the cute printables that go along with the book:
Have you gotten your kids in the kitchen yet? Read all about why and how I love encouraging cooking with kids:
and you can download a Kids Recipe Book here: