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Christmas Cookies!

  • 225g butter
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 free range eggs (59g)


  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC and line baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Using a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the eggs and sift in the flour, bicarb soda and cream of tartar. Mix until a smooth dough has formed. You may have to scrape the beater down half way through mixing.
  3. Knead the dough lightly on a floured surface, wrap in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Now for the fun part, summon the children! Roll the dough between two sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Cut out biscuits using Christmas shaped cutters and place on prepared baking trays.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
  6. Call the wandering children back and let them do their thing with writing icings, smarties and/or lollies!



  • It is best to work quickly once the pastry is out of the fridge – this is difficult when you have small helpers! I found that giving each child some pastry to work with does the trick.
  • Nearly every cooking-related shop will have Christmas cutters for sale well before the official Christmas period starts. Out cutter collection includes the ever popular large Santa and a star. Hmm, must get a tree shape this year…
  • If you only have scone cutters or egg rings in the cupboard, these will do nicely to make various size circles that you can decorate like Christmas tree balls.
  • Christmas tree idea: try carefully using the blunt end of a wooden skewer to make a hole in the biscuit before baking. After decorations have set, thread some string/cotton/tinsel through the hole and hang on the tree.
  • This recipe was created by Melissa Hughes for Kidspot, Australia’s best recipe finder.
  • Use 2 free range eggs (59g).

Christmas Cookies by Melissa Hughes for Kidspot


Christmas Fingerplays!

Fingerplays can be a wonderful way to engage children during group time. During the holiday season using popular tunes and easy rhymes can help children learn finger plays faster. I enjoy this finger play.

Five little gingerbread lying on a tray,

One jumped up and ran away,

shouting “Catch me, catch me, catch me if you can…

I run really fast, I’m the gingerbread man!”

Continue counting down until there are none left

No more gingerbread lying on a tray.

They all jumped up and ran away!

This is a fun song to use with props.  A cookie sheet with felt or paper gingerbread men are a cute visual.  

10 fantastic fingerplays and songs for the holidays

Easy to make Christmas Trees!

Today I made christmas trees out of hymnal pages. My mother and I wanted to add a little more decoration to our homemade centerpiece. I have seen pages in books or hymnals used to make flowers (which I am not good at making) but since it “tis the season” for Christmas trees I thought of a unique way to add a little rustic edge to the centerpiece. As I was creating the centerpiece I found that it would be a great project for preschoolers to use in the classroom. My materials are simple: paper and a toothpick. I simply cut out a christmas tree, folded it like an accordion, and poked it with the toothpick in each fold till it was threaded through completely. I poked the the tree into our centerpiece adding the special touch that it needed. Preschool children can use construction paper and poke holes with pencils for a more gross motor appropriate project.

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Here is a picture of the finished product!