Baking with Children and Creative Grandmas
I just found out I am going to be a Grandma next year! I am a planner by nature so my thoughts immediately went to Christmas and all the upcoming Christmas’ to come. I want to be a Grandma that does fun and creative things with, and for, her grandchild. One of the first things I thought of was baking and decorating Christmas sugar cookies. I know my grandbaby won’t be able to do this for a number of years but I like to be prepared. One tip I would give for making the cookies with young grandchildren would be to make most of them ahead of the day when you actually want to make them with the children. Why? Because children tend to be impatient. They love the idea of rolling out the dough, cutting the shapes and putting them on the baking sheet. They even have fun peeking through the oven window watching them bake. But waiting for the cookies to cool enough for you to ice them is not something they enjoy. So, make up the cookie dough, roll, cut out and bake most of the cookies and let them cool. Then put them in a container. They should be perfectly fine for a day or two on the counter. You could even make them and freeze them if you so choose. Wrap the remaining dough in plastic wrap and put in the fridge or freezer. If you freeze the dough, take it out the night before and thaw in the fridge. Just remember to take the dough out of the fridge at least 20 minutes before you want to roll the dough so it isn’t too hard for their little hands.
Another fun idea is to make homemade gingerbread houses. Make all the “pieces” ahead of time and cool them. Make sure you make extra pieces in case of mishaps and broken walls. Again, once cooled, place them gently in a container and keep them somewhere safe so they don’t get bumped. If the icing and decorating candies are all ready as well, you will be ready to decorate whenever your memory making time comes. Just an idea, make sure you have little aprons on hand for your wee ones. Things tend to get messy! But so much fun!!
The next idea I had for my grandbaby was writing and “mailing” Christmas letters each year to my grandchild from Santa. Write or type-and-print the letter and then address it to them. Put it in their stocking or send it in a bigger envelope to their parent(s) for them to put it in their stocking for you. I love the idea of using a wax stamp sealer for the letter and envelope and then getting a self-inking stamp for the post mark on the upper right corner. See links below for what a wax stamp sealing kit looks like.
Since I can’t do anything this Christmas with my grandbaby, I am giving my son and daughter-in-love a Christmas ornament to commemorate the upcoming arrival into which they can insert the sonogram picture. I hope they love it. I think it is adorable. See my link at the bottom of this post.
I have added links to some of my favourite ideas below. If you are about to become a grandma, are a grandma, know a grandma or are a person who would love some of these gift ideas, I hope these are able to get you started on your Christmas shopping.