My girls would love it if they could decorate sugar cookies on a weekly basis.
I, on the other hand, don’t have the energy or the metabolism to bake them more than a couple of times a year. Don’t even get me started on the clean-up!
That’s why one day, after staring down a pile of cardboard boxes, we decided to get out our paint and make up a batch of Cardboard Cookies.
This is a simple cardboard kids craft that resulted in a fun toy to add to our play kitchen.
Let’s get baking!
Make up a batch of cookies
We started with a pile of cardboard circles. I used one of our drinking glasses and traced about a dozen circles on a cardboard box. Then, I cut them all out.
I didn’t have my girls do this part because I used thick corrugated cardboard. You need sharp scissors and a little bit of strength to do the cutting.
If you want (or need) your kids to do the cutting, you can also make your cookies with thin cardboard. Use an empty cereal box or a cracker box instead.
It’s time to decorate
Once I had a pile of cookies ready, it was time to decorate. It was so much fun!
We gathered around the table and got out our tub full of craft paint. How were we going to decorate our cookies?
We channeled our inner cookie decorators and got to work.
We picked our favorite cookie colors and started painting.
We added patterns, flowers, polka dots, and small scenes. We even turned one into a purple and red baseball.
There are so many ways to decorate a cardboard cookie.
I always love a good project that my girls and I can gather around the table and make together. This project was the perfect choice. We chatted, painted, and had a very enjoyable afternoon.
It was as much fun as if we were decorating real cookies. And, it was much much easier on my waistline.
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