Rainbow Sugar Cookies Recipe

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Recipe

Rainbow Sugar Cookies are super cute and make a fun project for a rainy (or sunny!) afternoon. Eat this sweet treat during a rainbow- or weather learning unit, or as a memorable finale to a Noah’s Ark lesson.

These colorful cookies are a throwback to my childhood–I remember making them as a preschooler with my mom, and had thought {from my childhood perspective memories} they were very complicated and time consuming to make. But was pleasantly surprised to realize the most time consuming part was letting the dough chill–a step many sugar cookie recipes require.

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Recipe

Ingredients for Rainbow Sugar Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla or almond extract
  • 3-1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • food coloring
  • waxed paper

Directions for Rainbow Sugar Cookies:

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and extract. Add dry ingredients and mix well to form a soft dough.

Divide the dough into six equal balls, and color each part with food coloring by creating a small well in the dough with your finger and placing a few drops of food coloring in the well. Knead the color into the dough. Repeat for each color.

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Recipe

On a sheet of waxed paper or other non-stick surface, roll out each ball of colored dough to about 1/4 inch thick.

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Recipe

Firmly stack each sheet of rolled dough on top of the other, gently pressing so the layers stick together, red at the bottom and continuing in order of rainbow colors.

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Recipe

Wrap stacked dough in waxed paper and chill overnight.
Once chilled, slice layered dough into 1/2-inch thick slices, about 4 inches long. Gently curve each slice into a rainbow shape.

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Recipe

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350F for 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom. Allow to cool, and enjoy!

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Recipe

Pin the Rainbow Sugar Cookies Recipe in your virtual recipe collection, or print HERE and place in a recipe binder.

Growing as an Artist and Growing Bundles

Once upon a time I was preparing a Bible story lesson for my young kids and recalled childhood memories of an object lesson I’d learned on a homemade flannel board.

I still remember many of the stories and songs my mom and church teachers taught as I played with the interactive story pieces on the board and was encouraged to act out and retell the stories.

As I became a mom, these recalled learning experiences moved me to search for flannel board pieces I could use in teaching my own children, but flannel board stories seemed to be old-school and hard to find. And when I finally did find some, they were dull and outdated. I knew if I was bored with the images, my kids would be too.

They say invention often comes from necessity, and soon I began to spend my babies’ naptimes with a stack of felt and pair of scissors–experimenting with shapes, and creating my own flannel board pieces.

felt

I had no intention of sharing these creations, but friends began to ask for storytelling pieces for their kids, and I soon realized flannel board storytelling is a classic teaching method — not old-fashioned — and a really fun way to get kids involved in learning the stories!

Since then, I’ve created and shared many stories and received overwhelming and humbling words from parents, teachers, and church leaders of encouragement, teaching success, and requests to continue creating these interactive props.

I’m forever grateful for the opportunities these story creations have introduced–allowing me to stay home with my five kids and help supplement my husband’s teaching income.

THANK YOU for being such loyal and encouraging friends and playing a part in my story. My design story wouldn’t have happened without the encouragement of online friends and followers like YOU, and I’m forever grateful. As a way to express that gratitude, I want to share a new story set “freebie” with you.

thankful for you

My current design projects still happen while my kids nap and are developing into a “GROWING BUNDLE” of New Testament storytelling sets. Over the next two months, a new story set will be added to this bundle each week until it’s complete.

New Testament Growing Bundle by Keeping Life Creative

THIS WEEK, the growing bundle will be at it’s lowest ever introductory price, and each week as a new story is added, the price will increase until the bundle reaches its capped price.

THIS WEEK, when you purchase the growing bundle AND e-mail me (pam@keepinglifecreative.com) your purchase information, I’ll e-mail you (within 24 hours) a BONUS (unreleased) story set of Jesus healing the 10 lepers–FREE. It’s one of my favorite Bible stories to tell my kids when teaching about gratitude, and I thought it would be an appropriate gift to share my gratitude for you and your support!

healing the 10 lepers printable story pieces

To sweeten the deal even MORE, use the code: START16 on January 20 & 21 during Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s quarterly sale, to take an additional 10% off the crazy low bundle price. It will never be this low again!

CLICK HERE to get more information about the growing bundle and continue to enjoy using the printables when teaching the scriptures to your children.

Melting Snowman Winter Snack

This post is sponsored by Snack Pack®.

Snow is unpredictable where we live in the Midwest. Some years it seems we’ll barely be able to shovel ourselves out of the driveway and, other years, we may only get a light dusting–which quickly melts by mid-morning. This has been one of those snow-free years (so far, anyway!), and my kids are anxiously hoping for one good storm so they can go out and build snowmen. But, as a mother who has to dress (and undress) five little kids for snow play, cozy indoor “snow play” — like making Arctic Snow Dough, building felt board snowmen or making a winter-themed snack — is more appealing to me! Luckily kids love making this fun build-your-own Melting Snowman Winter Snack, and I love that it’s simple enough for an everyday kind of snack time, or a winter-themed party activity.

Build-Your-Own Melting Snowman pudding snack

Melting Snowman Winter Snack Ingredients

Since this fun winter-themed snack idea is simple enough to make for one, or many, it doesn’t come with exact measurements or precise directions. Gather the ingredients and follow the method, adapting for the number you’re making.

Melting Snowman Winter Snack ingredients

You’ll Need:

  • vanilla Snack Pack® pudding cups
  • large marshmallows
  • chocolate sandwich cookies
  • chocolate chips or melting chocolate
  • coconut oil (skip if using melting chocolate)
  • edible embellishments for snowman accessories such as: stick pretzels, chocolate chips, cereal pieces, small candies, fruit leather strips etc.

Making Hats for the Melting Snowman Winter Snack

To make the hats for each Melting Snowman Winter Snack, place a small handful of chocolate chips in a glass bowl with a teaspoon of coconut oil.

Melting Snowman Winter Snack

Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then for another 30 seconds if needed, until chocolate is melted.

Melting Snowman Winter Snack

Dip a large marshmallow in the chocolate to cover completely, then immediately place on top of a sandwich cookie to create a “hat.” As the chocolate cools it will adhere the marshmallow to the cookie.

Melting Snowman Winter Snack

Melting Snowman Winter Snack

Making the Melting Snowman Winter Snack

For each snack, empty contents of a vanilla Snack Pack® pudding cup on an individual serving dish (plate or bowl). Gently spread the pudding to mimic a pile of melting snow.

Melting Snowman Winter Snack

Place a marshmallow cookie hat on top of the pudding, have kids to embellish their melting snowman snacks with edible additions such as chocolate chips, small candies, stick pretzels, or fruit leather strips to emulate coal buttons, a carrot nose, stick arms, scarf, etc.

Have fun and get creative! Kids love adding their own mix-ins and making this build-your-own snowman pudding snack their own.

Melting Snowman Winter Snack idea

Melting Snowman Winter Snack idea

Melting Snowman Winter SnackYum, yum!

More Snowman Fun

For more snowman fun, consider this sugar-free treat: Build-a-Snowman Printable Craftivity and many more free craft templates.

Build a Snowman printable craft template

This winter, take a moment to slow down and enjoy a tasty and fun treat with the kids. Snack Pack® comes in a variety of flavors and offers endless mix-in opportunities the kids can help prepare. Each serving of Snack Pack® is fortified with as much calcium as an 8-oz glass of milk,* so you can feel good about serving your kids Snack Pack®. For mix-in inspiration, visit Snack Pack® on Pinterest and Facebook.

*All Snack Pack® products contain 30% DV calcium, with the exception of Bakery Shop Lemon Meringue Pie, Lemon Pudding, and Snack Pack® Gels.

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Reindeer Printable Craftivity

Reindeer Printable Craft Template

Whether studying the frigid arctic tundra, or looking for a fun Rudolph Christmas craft, paint/color, cut, and assemble this Reindeer Printable Craft Template for an adorable art project worthy of a bulletin-board or fridge-hanging display.

Create Your Own Reindeer Printable Craft

Supplies Needed:

  • Reindeer Printable Craft Template
  • white paper or card stock
  • crayons/markers/paint
  • scissors
  • glue
  • (optional) black marker
  • (optional) colored card stock or patterned paper

Download and Print the Reindeer Printable Craft Template

Download the Reindeer craft template and print on white paper or cardstock. We prefer cardstock as it makes the craft sturdier, especially when using markers or paint.

Color or Paint the Reindeer Printable Craft Template

Color or paint the reindeer craft template pieces. My kids love any excuse to get out the paint, but crayons or markers work great too!

Reindeer Printable Craft Template

Cut the Reindeer Printable Craft Pieces

Cut around each template piece.

Reindeer Printable Craft Template

Assemble the Reindeer Printable Craft Pieces

Assemble the reindeer with glue. This is a good time to give kids a small lesson on perspective such as: glue the back legs behind the front ones, antlers behind ears, tail behind bum.

Reindeer Printable Craft Template

Embellish With Marker

If desired, add marker details and embellishments.

Reindeer Printable Craft Template

Mount Your Reindeer for Display

When finished, mount your reindeer on a piece of colored card stock or patterned paper and display all season long.

Reindeer Printable Craft Template

Reindeer Flannel Board Fun

This reindeer template also works well as a pattern for creating kid-approved felt board manipulatives. Such a fun way to keep the kiddos creatively and constructively busy!

Lay the pattern on top of felt pieces, cut around each piece, and assemble. Hot glue or fabric craft glue are my typical go-tos when constructing felt pieces.

Reindeer Printable Craft Template

The Reindeer Printable Craft Template can be found at Teachers Pay Teachers or in the Craft Template ARCHIVE along with many more free craftivity templates available to subscribers. Simply add your email to the list and check your e-mail to receive the link to download the reindeer printable craft template.

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Reindeer Printable Craft Template

Gingerbread Man Printable Craftivity

gingerbread man printable craft template

Building gingerbread (or graham cracker) houses is one of my family’s favorite Christmastime traditions–the more elaborate and candy-laden, the better. But this year we opted to change up our family tradition a bit by following a Gingerbread Man story theme–complete with baking and decorating giant Gingerbread Men.

The kids had so much fun decorating (and eating) their gingerbread men that I created this fun Gingerbread Man Printable Craft–adaptable for the beginning or experienced gingerbread man decorator, and loaded with plenty of non-sticky, sugar-free sweets.

Create Your Own Gingerbread Man Printable Craft

You’ll need:

Download and Print the Gingerbread Man Printable Craft Template

Download the Gingerbread Man template and print on white paper or cardstock. We prefer cardstock as it makes the craft sturdier, especially when using markers or paint.

gingerbread man template

Color or Paint the Gingerbread Man Printable Craft Template

Color or paint the Gingerbread Man template pieces. My kids love any excuse to get out the paint, but crayons or markers work great too!

gingerbread man painting

Cut the Gingerbread Man Printable Craft Pieces

Cut around each template piece.

gingerbread man cut

Assemble the Gingerbread Man Printable Craft Pieces

Assemble the gingerbread man by decorating any way you’d like! I included lots of “candy” pieces in the printable so kids can decorate to their creativity’s content. Some will want to go all out, while others keep it simple. That’s the fun part of decorating gingerbread man (and building gingerbread houses), and of this craft–no right way or wrong to assemble them! I love seeing the creativity that emerges when they’re given free reign with various shapes.

gingerbread man glue

Embellish With Marker

If desired, add marker details and embellishments.

gingerbread man embellish

Mount Your Gingerbread Man for Display

When finished, mount your gingerbread man on a piece of colored card stock or patterned paper and display all season long.

gingerbread man completed

Gingerbread Man Flannel Board Fun

This gingerbread man template also works well as a pattern for creating kid-approved felt board manipulatives. Such a fun way to keep the kiddos creatively and constructively busy!

gingerbread man flannel board pattern

Lay the template on top of your felt, and cut the shapes from the pattern. Assemble felt pieces with fabric or hot glue, or leave felt pieces loose for kids to build and rebuild {name of craft} on a flannel/felt board.

gingerbread man flannel board play

Gingerbread Man Printable Craft Template is now in the Craft Template ARCHIVE along with many more free craftivity templates available to subscribers. Simply add your email to the list and you’re in!

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Gingerbread Man Craftivity makes a fun Christmas craft!

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