The recipe is from www.dltk-teach.com:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 egg
- Food coloring-at least 6 colors (make sure one of them is Red!)
remember - with red, blue and yellow you can make all the other colors.
Mix sugar, butter, egg and vanilla. Add flour and mix well.
Divide dough into six balls.
Add a different food coloring to each ball.
Roll each ball in a snake shape onto a floured surface. This is fun for the kids -- just like playdough!
Arch snake shape and press onto cookie sheet.
Add other snake shapes until the rainbow is formed. (OR! Form a letter R shape with them)
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-15 minutes.
When cooled let each child taste a piece of the rainbow.
I would add a bit more flour to the mix, as it was verrrry soft and floppy making it difficult for a 4 year old to roll the dough and build the rainbow...especially with the last/longer rolls....they were yummy, however!
Ooops! I didn't follow the color wheel! Goethe is rolling over :) The boys didn't mind...they ate them at 'sea'....seems rainbow cookies help prevent scurvey too.
TMI ALERT: The food coloring does tend to 'alter' the kiddos waste products, if you know what I mean ;) Some freaky colors were produced over the next couple of days, yes a couple of days!
Next, we (mostly I) made Stained Glass Shamrocks. I took Martha Stewart's Crayon Hearts and gave them an Irish twist:
Kody helped shred the crayons. We used Green, chartreuse, dark green and yellow. I threw in some orange in a symbolic unity of North and South Ireland. Kody helped with melting the crayons with the iron as I supervised. Then we traced and cut Shamrocks out of green construction paper. Kody and Kaden mostly practiced cutting and tracing the shamrocks :) Kody gave a St. Patrick's Day card to our irish neighbors who graciously lent us the wax paper, as Kaden fell asleep befoe I could run to the store.
Here are a couple of St. Patrick's Day thoughts with which to leave you:
St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic. ~Adrienne Cook
May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don't want to press your luck. ~Author Unknown
And a St. Parick's Day memory: When Iwas five or six, my mom got carried away with celebrating St. Patrick's Day and dyed our oatmeal green...my three brothers and I were freaked out and refused to eat it. All I can remember is some green stuff in a bowl sitting on the counter. This morning, my boys ate irish oatmeal....without the 'enhancement'.