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Lever House Macaroons

Lever house macaroonsHere’s a festive cookie recipe that kids will love to decorate!

  • 1 c. shortening
  • 3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 
  • 2 unbeaten eggs
  • 1/2 chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1  1/4 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 3 c. rolled oats
  • Candy corn (optional)


Combine shortening, sugars, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and eggs. Beat thoroughly. Stir in walnuts. Sift together flour and soda. Add to shortening mixture and blend. Stir in oats. Place dough by tablespoonfuls on greased cookie sheets, leaving a little space between them. Press with a fork.  Press candy corn into the cookies (we sometimes do it in the shape of a smiley face). Bake in 350 oven for 12-14 minutes. Cool about 2 minutes before removing them from the sheet.

YIELD 5 1/2 dozen



For lollipop cookies, prepare dough as directed above. Just before baking, insert a lollipop stick, paper drinking straw, or wooden skewer into each mound of dough with sticks parallel to the cookie sheet to make it look like a lollipop. Decorate with facial features using candy corn, m&m’s, gumdrops, raisins etc. Bake as directed                                                                                                                



Oh Your Mark, Get Set… Preschool Thursdays with Marilyn Boyer

Thursdays-Preschool-activity-boxThis is the time of year I always prepared for my preschoolers “school” time.

I would cut shapes out of construction paper and fill a container for the little ones to “glue” down onto construction paper using glue sticks. I would also gather objects for the kids to trace.

I bought special markers and notebooks, construction paper and supplies, puzzles, flannel graphs, Do-a-Dots, etc.

These items went into a box or special place in the closet and used ONLY during “school time” each day.

I would change their activities often, before they tired of playing with them so the next time we got it out, they had the anticipation of more fun.

We have a large list of suggestions for School time Activities for Preschoolers on our website.

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Spelling idea! ~ Tuesdays Teaching Tips


Give your child some playdo to spread flat.

Then use rubber stamp letters to spell three or four letter words, leaving out the middle letters for them to find and press into the playdo.

Ex. C_T, D_G, B_BY, R_N, S_N




Summer Fun! – Mondays with Marilyn

spelling-words-in-playdoTake your playdo outside this summer. My kids absolutely LOVED to play with playdo. We have lots of fun molds, plastic knives, and tools, farm animal molds and cake molds.

We had a small round kids table and chair set that we kept outside during the summer months. The kids would sit and play in the shade of the maple tree on those hot summer days and thoroughly enjoy creative play with playdo.

When they are finished, simply pack up the playdo, hose off the table and you’re done!




Getting Creative Outside! – Preschool Thursdays with Marilyn Boyer

Thursdays-Preschool-Play-DohWith the colder days behind us (hopefully) are you looking for ideas and activities for the kids to be able to enjoy the beautiful sunshine days?

My preschoolers loved to play with playdough outside (less mess) on pretty spring days. We have lots of molds and plastic knives and they would play for hours making playdough animals and pastries. We had a little kids table and chairs that we’d set out under the maple tree.


How about making your own Playdough? Here are some ideas from Creative Kids at Home.

3 Easy Recipes for Making Homemade Play Dough

Kids are amazed when they learn how easy it is to make play dough wit this activity. The dough can be stored in air tight containers, or left to air dry to save a finished creation.

Recipe 1

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1.5 cups salt
  • 6 tsp. cream of tarter
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 3 cups water

Pour all ingredients into a large pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until a dough ball forms by pulling away from the sides. Knead dough until the texture matches play dough (1-2 minutes). Store in plastic container. Should last for at least 3 months.

Recipe 2

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 3/4 cup water

Have your child mix the baking soda and corn starch in a pot. Use hands to make sure all the lumps are broken up. Add water. The adult should put the pan on the stove over medium heat and stir constantly. As soon as the mixture gathers together, remove from the heat. When it cools, have your child knead it into a smooth dough. Don’t over cook this dough or it will crumble.

Recipe 3

  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup water

Have your child mix the flour and salt in a bowl then add water. Knead and squeeze the dough to make a clay consistency. You may need to add more water. Note: This dough doesn’t last as long as the cooked recipes.

Ideas Divide into sections, then knead in food coloring (liquid or paste). Kids love making the white play dough change colors. Use unsweetened Kool-Aid for color and scent. Add glitter for sparkly play dough.

Note for Parents:
Every parent must use their own judgment in choosing which activities are safe for their own children. While Creative Kids at Home makes every effort to provide activity ideas that are safe and fun for children it is your responsibility to choose the activities that are safe in your own home.

Strawberry Picking Time – Mondays with Marilyn

Mondays-w-Marilyn-strawberriersStrawberry picking time is just around the corner! Every May we make a trip to the strawberry field to pick a bunch, come home to make strawberry jam, strawberry pie and even freeze whole berries for making smoothies through the year. Make the most of seasons. Kids love to have special times to look forward to. Learn the art of turning the mundane into fun times. 


Homemade-with-LoveSince strawberries are on your mind now may we suggest taking a look at Marilyn’s book, Homemade With Love. Read More…