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Spiral butter cookies – mini chefs in the kitchen


spiral butter cookies - mini che|marmite et ponpon

In previous posts, i mentioned the reasons you should enjoy cooking with your kids, for how much benefits it has. To recapitulate:

  • Literacy (building vocabulary): cooking with kids gives you the opportunity to introduce new words. You will be talking about the ingredients which gives them food knowledge. They will be observing and talking about the process  as well (like creaming, whisking,…). It’s good  to mention the new words several times and put them in a sentence they will understand and repeat after you. And when you read for them the recipe (if they can’t read yet) they will learn also that there is a method and instructions to follow. When am with with my son i enjoy mostly the open conversation we have all the time of cooking.
  • Brain development by exploring their senses: sensory experience is essential for the brain development. Cooking engage all the senses of your kids; seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting (especially smelling and tasting). My son is the curious type he likes to taste everything!
  • Motor skills: Developing fine and gross motor skills is as important as the sensory experience. They will be training their tiny muscles (fingers, hands, arms and even all body) by stirring, whisking, beating, kneading….. I love watching my son doing all this, i see a small proud man using his beautiful hands magically 🙂
  • Math and logic: By counting and using the measuring cups or spoons to follow the accurate recipe.
  • Self esteem: you will experience the look of confidence and pride on your kid’s face when he sees the outcome and especially when he offers it to others. When i bake with my son, he keeps on telling what he did to everyone he sees, and insists on offering some of “his creations” and waiting for the rewards for his efforts.

All these benefits go without neglecting the amount of fun we have and the quality time together which is sacred for me.

The most important thing though is you don’t force the learning to happen, it should flow naturally. The golden rule is to enjoy the time with your kids in the kitchen.

If you like to cook with your kids but you are struggling to find simple recipes to do, here is one easy recipe, Nady shared with his friend Gia mae.

spiral butter cookies - mini che|marmite et ponpon

You will need:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 300g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • food coloring

Mix butter, flour and sugar, and rub them until they become like sand. Add the eggs then vanilla. Mix well but don’t over mix. Divide the dough in half. Take one part and divide it as much as colors you want to use. We did 5! Roll the first half in rectangular shape, then the colored ones as strips within a rectangle. Put The colored rectangular dough on top of the first part and roll, following the scheme. Let it rest in the fridge for at least half an hour before cutting it.

how to do spiral butter cookies

Bake on a parchment paper for 8-10 minutes on 180°C. Let it cool before serving.

spiral butter cookies - mini che|marmite et ponpon

spiral butter cookies - mini che|marmite et ponpon

spiral butter cookies - mini che|marmite et ponpon

No doubt, cooking with kids takes more time and effort, but for the many learning experiences you can embrace while your kids are in the kitchen, and the fun you share, i encourage you to do it more often.

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spiral butter cookies - mini che|marmite et ponpon

Angry birds Easter eggs – DIY


angry birds easter eggs |marmite et ponpon

Following my last few posts, i am sure you were expecting angry birds Easter eggs. And yes it is. If your kids are fan of angry birds too, it’s a very easy to do. Kids can do it all from A to Z.

how to do easter eggs angry birds |marmite et ponpon

Color your eggs in red for red, black for bomb, green for pigs, yellow for chuck and blue for jay , jake and jim. Click here to download a printable sheet of angry birds faces to cut out and paste on the eggs after the colors are completely dry. It’s A3 size paper, and you can adjust it since it’s a vector one.

After the eggs are ready, get a white sheet serving as a table cloth, draw sun and clouds, lay a tree branch and build your nest to put the eggs inside. The nest is a ready made wreath i bought form a shop that sells tools for gardening.

how to do tablecloth angry birds eatsre eggs|marmite et ponpon

You can also add gadgets of angry birds if you have them among your kids toys, like TNT boxes, catapult….

angry birds easter eggs |marmite et ponpon

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4-angry birds easter eggs |marmite et ponpon

All i can say Nady and Joud are extremely happy to have the eggs they wished for. Happy Easter to all of you المسيح قام حقاً قام

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angry birds easter eggs |marmite et ponpon

angry birds easter eggs |marmite et ponpon

angry birds easter eggs |marmite et ponpon

DIY – rusty plane palm sunday candle


rusty plane palm sunday candle|marmite et ponpon

The best thing in customizing your little loves candle, isn’t just to be unique but realizing your kids wish. Almost every kid has a preference and favorite toy character.

Make them happy on this special day, follow this step by step self explanatory tutorial, and don’t forget colors are always subjective, depending on the theme design and outfit they are wearing.

how to do rusty plane palm sunday candle|marmite et ponpon

Always remember, my favorite saying to mother theresa, we don’t do big things, we can do small things with big love.

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DIY – chuck angry bird palm sunday candle


chuck angry bird palm sunday candle |marmite et ponpon

Who wouldn’t know, if you follow my blog activities, that this year is the angry birds year par excellence to my eldest son. Being a big fan of angry birds, i was expecting his request for the palm sunday candle decoration.

Again, i will say unique and personalized things are not just meaningful but treasured for it has some of your heart. Do your little ones candle, not just to stand out the crowd but to show that you care and they are special and exceptional.

Follow this step by step self explanatory tutorial, and don’t forget colors are always subjective, depending on the theme design and outfit they are wearing.

how to do chuck angry bird palm sunday candle|marmite et ponpon

Et voila our “Chuck” angry bird candle. If you are using another character, you can change the yellow ribbon to the adequate color.

All i can say, Nady’s reaction when he saw the candle was priceless and memorable.

chuck angry bird palm sunday candle |marmite et ponpon

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DIY – star crown palm sunday candle


star crown - palm sunday candle|marmite e tponpon

Unique and personalized things are not just meaningful but treasured for it has some of your heart.

Personalized candles have a way of standing out from the crowd, let your little ones feel exceptional and special as they were born!

star crown - palm sunday candle|marmite e tponpon

I am sharing with you my little boy candle (19 months), it won’t take too much of your time and doesn’t require craft skills. Colors are always subjective and depending on the outfit they are wearing. Follow this step by step tutorial to see how beautiful things are found in the simple!

star crown palm sunday candle DIY|marmite et ponpon

The choice and quality of ribbons, colors matched together and the way of combination make all the difference. Keep it simple and elegant is the golden rule! Happy palm sunday!

star crown - palm sunday candle|marmite e tponpon

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