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Countdown to Christmas- Cinnamon Ornaments

December 12, 2011

Every year we offer  a variety of Christmas themed art classes for toddlers.  One of the most popular crafts is the applesauce / cinnamon ornaments!  These are great for kids of all ages, and will last for years.

All you need for this project is applesauce and cinnamon, and some Christmas cookie cutters.  Gingerbread men work very well.

Applesauce and Cinnamon

All you need!

You need a lot of cinnamon, so head over to Sam’s and pick up a big 16 ounce package.  This picture shows a  46 ounce jar of applesauce and a 16 ounce package of cinnamon.   I used about half of the applesauce and all of the cinnamon, and it made enough for about 35 cookie-sized ornaments.   You may want to have a little extra cinnamon on hand too, because if you use too much applesauce the dough is very sticky.

All you do is pour your applesauce into a bowl, add cinnamon, and stir!  Keep adding cinnamon until you have a nice consistency on the dough- it should be easy for a child to play with, and not terribly sticky.

Dough

Some finished dough after the kids were playing with it. Yes, I know what it looks like.

 

Let your child play with the dough and cut out cookie shapes.   Toddlers and small children will have great fun playing with the dough – my three year old was able to roll them out, push in the cutter (with just a little extra push from me!), pull off the extra dough, and set them aside to dry, all by her self.   Again, it’s important to have added enough cinnamon or the dough will be very sticky.

Cutting them out..

Cutting them out..

Then, just wait for them to dry.   Be sure to poke a hole in the top if you plan on hanging them on the tree.  It will take several days for them to dry completely, and you will want to flip them over a few times.

Setting them out to dry!

Once they are dry, you can decorate them with paint- the puffy glitter glue or fabric paint works well, or glue on beads and sequins.  Another cute idea is to use them to make a wreath.  They look very much like gingerbread cookies when dry, and smell wonderful!

Ta Dah!

However you decide to decorate them, this is a fun and easy project for all ages!  An added bonus is that paying with dough is a nice process- based sensory activity for the youngest children.   Enjoy!

Making creatures

Look Mommy! I made a snake!

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