So I rampaged the house for every possible flavor additive I could muster. I set them all out on the counter and told them they could choose. If we were going to go freestyle we were going to do it all the way.
“These are going to be YOUR cookies. You guys are going to make all the decisions.”
They had a blast. Cracking their own nuts, choosing their flavors, and stirring the batter. The cookies were really their own creation. Of course I sneaked in tiny hints here and there:
“How much sugar do you guys want to use?”
“Hmmm… Maybe four or five cups!”
“For a dozen cookies…? well maybe start with one and a half and see how it goes.”
They mostly made all the decisions. I simply stood by to make sure the final product could be identified as a cookie. Cocoa powder, chocolate sauce, butterscotch chips, assorted nuts, lemon zest, cinnamon, vanilla, coconut milk etc… it was a very fourth grade boy cookie. But I was proud as proud could be. Not only did they exercise creativity in designing the recipe, they timed the cookies themselves and came back from their robot building session just in time watch me pull the baking sheets out of the oven. Responsibility, creativity, and a whole lot of fun. It was a wonderful project.
And now without further ado (since I know your on the edge of your seat), I present JZ FREESTYLE.
( they even named them together )
Oh and you wondered how they tasted? Parents were skeptical, even I was skeptical, but you know what? They were pretty amazingly tasty.
So if your looking for a fun activity for elementary school kids, I adjure you: Let them cook with you and once in a while turn the tables and cook with them.