I am all about getting my kids to learn new skills without them even realizing they are in "class". Sit them down in front of a workbook and it is all *sighs* and "This is too hard"'s give them cookies to design and suddenly the exact same material is easy and worth doing. Which lead us to today's project, Cookie Designing!
I wanted to encourage several specific skills with this project: Creative thinking, Writing, Fractions, Shopping, budgeting, and handling money. That is a lot to ask of a cookie! However with the promise of chocolate my kids were more than willing to jump right in and give it a go.
The Project: Design an original cookie and follow it through to completion.
*Create your original cookie in your mind (Creative thinking)
*Write your recipe down (Writing and fractions)
*Write your grocery list (Writing and shopping)
*Go shopping for your own ingredients (Shopping and budgeting)
*Pay for your ingredients (Budgeting and handling money)
*Assemble your cookies
*Eat your cookies!
I would have to say this was one of the more fun projects we have done as a homeschooling family. It could be my love of chocolate coming into play on this one! No worries about our zero food waste challenge on this one. Not a scrap of ingredients is going to escape in this household.