Talk about a tasty way to learn. As you shape cookie dough into letters of the alphabet, you'll improve your verbal skills--and make a scrumptious snack while you're at it!
I refused the request for raw cookie dough, and decided to use the promise of cookies to motivate some practice with learning letters. All we needed was some sugar cookie dough and a baking sheet. (Parchment paper is helpful but optional. Flour can also be helpful to prevent the dough from getting too soft and sticky, but it's entirely optional. In fact the sticky texture can be a lot of fun for kids to play with!)
To create your letters, start with a snake (just like with play-dough). My three-year-old had a good time focusing on rolling his cookie dough snake, although he needed a bit of help getting it into the cookie sheet.
Then you shape the letter onto the cookie sheet. Of course the kids decided they wanted to create their own names, which led to my six-year-old giving his little brother a very entertaining lesson on the proper way to shape an "A."
Then, time to bake! The dough spread even more than I was expecting. The next time we do this project, I'll try to make the snakes even skinnier. When the cookies look all poofy and brown on the edges, they're done. And the final step--enjoy your cookies! My boys were so proud of their cookie names, they were only slightly disappointed they couldn't eat the whole thing in one sitting.