By Marian Wilde , GreatSchools Staff
Everyone gets a welcome break from the routine of school during winter vacation, but that's no excuse for letting your children's minds turn to mush.
Vacation is a great time to make a homemade treat that requires math skills, learn how to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, create a keepsake or visit a children's museum.
'Tis the season when children make their holiday wish lists and check them twice. An important part of the season is experiencing the joy of giving as well as receiving. What better way to teach that lesson than by helping your child make his own gift? With these gift projects, he'll be practicing his math and writing skills, too.
Children love making these classic cookies. Sticking their thumbs into warm cookie dough and then filling their thumbprints with sweet fillings is almost as thrilling as sharing (or eating) the finished product! If you use a variety of fillings, such as ruby red strawberry jam, sapphire berry preserve, bronze pumpkin pie filling or golden lemon curd, these cookies will make an impressive collection for a gift box. In shaping and squishing the dough and assembling the "jewel" encrusted cookies, your child will practice the valuable math and reading skills of measuring ingredients, and following step-by-step instructions.
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
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