Baking is a huge part of our holiday traditions. This year we started a new tradition. My two older sons designed their own cookie recipes. For the past few weeks, we have done a ton of baking, exploring different cookie and candy recipes. During this “inquiry” my sons realized that most cookie recipes include the same ingredients and asked me if they could design their own cookies with these base ingredients. So of course, me being me, I went and designed a “planning sheet” to help make the project a bit more manageable. (Even with just 2 or 3 kids projects like that can drive me crazy if I approach them with out a plan.) I’ve made this plan for creating your own cookie recipes available to others in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
First, we talked about those things all cookies have – fats, sugars, flours, binders and flavors. Then the kids planned out their recipes.
Then, the kids went ahead and prepared and baked their cookies.
And of course their favorite part was taste testing the results!
This project helped us talk about chemical changes, heat and ingredients. It was also fun and gave the kids a chance to be really creative in a new way. It would be a great activity for homeschoolers, in a classroom or even with your kids over the holiday break. In the spirit of the holidays, I am offering the Create Your Own Cookie Science Inquiry project up for FREE for the next week. Download your copy between now and December 31, 2014. Once the calendar changes to 2015, the price on this project will be $5.00. Merry Christmas!