Sugar cookies…YUM! These colorful Christmas-themed sugar cookies are a great way to target describing, comparing and contrasting, following directions, as well as asking and answering questions. Instructions and 60 different cookies are included.
Here are some of the different games and activities you can do with them…
Describing, Comparing, and Contrasting:
Use these decorated sugar cookies to work on describing, comparing, and contrasting. The cookies included have three different shapes, five icing colors, and either have no sprinkles or three different sprinkle choices. Have students pick a cookie and describe it (e.g., “This cookie is shaped like an ornament and has blue icing and red and green sprinkles.”) Then have them pick another cookie, describe it, and then compare and contrast the two cookies. You can let them choose the cookies they want or have them pick out of a bag without looking. This is a great opportunity to introduce or review how to use a Venn Diagram.
Another describing activity involves one student describing a cookie and the other students figuring out which one it is. To play, place some or all of the cookies face up on the table and have a student choose one without saying which one it is. The student then describes the cookie one characteristic at a time (e.g., “My cookie has pink icing.”) The other students turn over the cards that don’t fit the description. Eventually, the student’s cookie will be the only one left face-up. If your students are able to describe multiple features at once, have them give three clues about their cookie (e.g., “My cookie is a star and has orange icing and no sprinkles.”) and see if the other students can find it.
Find Your Cookie:
This is a great game for following directions as students listen carefully so they can figure out which cookie is theirs. Describe a cookie using its shape, icing color, and sprinkle option. Have the student listen to the description and then try to locate his/her cookie. You can repeat the description as necessary, but try to have the students remember the clues the first time.
Guess the Secret Cookie:
This game can be used as practice for asking and answering questions. Place some or all of the cookies face-up on the table and secretly select one. Have all of the students except one put their heads down. Point to a cookie so it can be seen by the student whose head is up. The other students then put their heads up and take turns asking questions about the secret cookie such as, “Does it have red sprinkles?” or “What color sprinkles does it have?”. The student who saw the secret cookie answers the question, and the questioner turns over the ones that don’t belong, such as all of the cookies with no sprinkles, until only the secret cookie remains.