These Cinnamon Ornaments are a hit every year and make the classroom smell amazing. They fill multiple roles – a sensory activity, a craft, and cooking too!
This recipe has been used in the Play to Learn classroom for years, and always turns out great. The giant container of cinnamon was found at Costco.
Creating the Cinnamon Ornaments
Mix the dough together like playdough. No cooking necessary!
Allow the students to play with the dough, and then they roll it out– thick is good– and use Christmas cookie cutters to make shapes.
It is messy, but it smells so good! Doubling the recipe yields about 30 ornaments.
To keep track of which ornament belongs to which student, place parchment paper down on the cookie sheets and write the students’ names next to the ornaments. Then poke hole through each ornament using a straw. Be sure to leave a little space to make the hole strong enough.
Teaching preschool is not a neat and tidy job. This is what the center looked like when we were done!
Decorating the Cinnamon Ornaments
We threaded a pipe cleaner through each hole to make a hanger. Ribbon or twine work well too but the teacher often has to help with the bow. Here’s a finished ornament:
Looking for more seasonal activities?
These ornaments and more can be found in this post about gifts students can make.
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