Tips For Creating A Fun Afternoon With Your Kids

The world is filled with too many distractions and electronic babysitters. As a result, we don’t do any of the cool stuff we used to do as kids – kicking a ball in the yard, going for walks or doing some type of fun arts and crafts. Recently, I was looking for something to do with my granddaughter and came across a fun idea that would both satisfy snack time and give us something to do; we’re going to paint cookies.

Cookies are a great way to pass the time and to bond with our kids. Back when I was a kid, we used to go and make Christmas cookies. We would decorate them with icing and chocolate chips. These were great memories as a kid and something I want to reinvent today.

If your kids aren’t artists

If your kids aren’t artists don’t worry about it. Decorating cookies is more about getting your hands dirty then making something we are going to hang on the wall. If your kids are like mine, they will be proud to show you their masterpiece even if they look more like a Picasso painting.

First gather your materials. You will need some buttercream icing, food coloring and decorating tips as well as cookie cutters or pipe bags. Then let the fun begin. My granddaughter loved the decorating part but she didn’t like the clean up. 

You can find many recipes on line that will give you different ways to make your buttercream icing. You can use fondant or something simple and mix powdered sugar with a little bit of water into a cake type frosting that is stiff enough to put in a piping bag.

If you’re going to use store bought frosting make sure you don’t buy the canned stuff.   They have a chemical in them that keeps it from drying out so fast and making it hard to work with.