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We have a fun recipe and writing activity that ends with a SUPER CUTE gift idea for students to take home to someone special!
This time of year teachers typically have two main goals:
1) Keeping students engaged and learning despite their excitement for the fun things this time of year brings.
2) Finding ways to incorporate the season – whether it be winter or the holidays – into their lessons.
Many times we also try to think of fun ideas for students to make to take home to someone special. Seems like kids LOVE to have something to give this time of year.
So we decided to take this opportunity to help accomplish goals for the teacher and make learning as engaging as we can for the kids. We have incorporated this delicious and simple #OreoCookieBalls recipe with a writing activity. (Don’t worry – the printables are coming!)
To start with – who doesn’t like OREOS? We mean really – WHO doesn’t like OREOS?! YUM! And when we found out this simple recipe also included cream cheese and chocolate, well that was enough said. Now let’s put that yumminess to use in your classroom.
The easy recipe for these #OREOCookieBalls can be found on our recipe card here:
You can go grab the ingredients at your local Walmart Neighborhood Market like we did or ask for donations from parents (without giving away the secret!). With only a few ingredients per group it is pretty inexpensive. We also picked up some cute pails at a dollar store which worked perfectly with our “snowball” theme, but you can package these for kids to take home in lots of other ways.
1. Have your students work in groups of five or six and use teamwork. Each group will need one large Ziploc baggie, one set of ingredients (excluding the white chocolate chips), one large bowl and a large spoon.
2. The students need to put the OREOS in the baggie and crush them finely. Pounding works (our boys REALLY enjoyed that part!) but you can also give them plastic cups or a rolling pin to roll over the bag.
3. Next, the students pour the crushed cookies into the bowl and add the softened cream cheese. They will need to take turns stirring until it is the consistency of cookie dough.
4. Once it is finished, they will need to form the dough into small 1-inch balls and divide them evenly among their group members.
5. After that you may choose to have a supervised “dipping” station set up in your classroom that students can come to once they have mixed their ingredients and are ready to dip their cookie balls into the white chocolate. You may also want to have some white sparkly edible glitter for them to sprinkle on their snowballs before they dry.
So we’ve covered the engaging part…now the learning part. Once your students have followed the recipe for making the cookie balls, they can start working on some writing to go with it. We have provided two writing templates for your students (both in color and black & white). One is for more of a free-write description of how to make the OREO cookie balls and the other looks like a recipe card. Choose the one that will best suit your students’ needs.
We have also created these super cute gift tags to put with the kids’ writing and attach to the pails or whatever way you choose to send home these gifts.
Since we don’t have classrooms of our own this year, we decided to have our kids make these to take to their teachers as a special treat. Since we have already had our first snowfall here in Indiana – it was perfect!
Want some other YUMazing ideas for #OREOCookieBalls? We found some adorable ideas here: Delicious Moments of Joy. Incidentally, lots of these would be great for Thanksgiving and make all your relatives thankful for YOU! And click here for a COUPON for 50¢ off a package of OREOs!
Have other ideas for how to use this recipe in your classroom or at home? Share them with us!