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post #16 of 26
I have made NFSC with margarine several times, and I actually liked them a little better than made with butter.
post #17 of 26
I suggest using a popsicle stick and a few blob of various colors on a paper plate. That way they can use what they want. i have done cookie decorating at all our kids parties, and this seems to be the best, especially for that young. They will need a lot of help with the bags, unless the frosting is really thin, then you will have a mess as it runs all over the place. Kids really just like the sprinkles. They don't care about perfect lines like we do. Of the fun of childhood, when straight lines didn't matter.
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post #18 of 26
Just FYI, don't assume margarine is dairy-free unless the ingredients list makes this clear. You may want to use a vegan margarine. You might also provide a paper plate and/or sandwich bag for the children who will want to take their creations home. Good luck!
post #19 of 26
If you work with 4-5 kids at once, you don't need to fill 48 bags at the beginning. Just fill them between groups, and if the last ones didn't go into mouths, just use the same bags the last group used. If you're planning to have all 24 kids decorating at once - you're nuts! icon_biggrin.gif

Squirting a big blob of green icing and covering it with sprinkles will take some kids 5 seconds if you're not supervising fairly closely to make sure that doesn't happen.

Also, I don't think there are many 5-year-olds who will care about different tips. They just want to put sweets on the cookie and eat them!
post #20 of 26
The craft section in Walmart has 4 piece sets of plastic tips so you don't have to worry about losing your metal ones. In case you want to go that route.

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post #21 of 26
I vote for popsicle sticks to spread the frosting. Let them choose the color(s)of frosting they want to use . Forget decorator bags for this age group. Have them put sprinkles on over a cookie sheet (jelly roll pan). If you don't, there will be sprinkles everywhere. Also make them turn the cookie over before they take them away from the cookie sheet. You might want to have one decorator bag loaded with white frosting and a star tip. Then you can put a star at the top of their trees, or you can hold the bag while they squeeze a star out.
post #22 of 26
When we did Christmas cookies with my two toddlers (3 & 4), this past weekend, they used paint brushes. It's what I use most of the time, too. Chances are the kids have had some practice using brushes so it shouldn't be hard for them. I've never tried to paint with a popsicle stick. That's new to me.

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post #23 of 26
Paint with a popsicle stick? No way, more like spreading peanut butter. Also do not give them red cinnamon candies. Unless you really want cookies with 10 to 15 cinnamon balls on them. With that age bracket more is always better.
post #24 of 26
I would not use tips either, just the disposable bags and snip the ends. 1 bag for each kid and I would cover the cookies ahead of time in RI.
Last year for 25 of my daughter's kindergarten class, I made 25 gingerbread houses and they decorated them. They had a great time and it wasn't that bad.
This year, for her 1 st grade class, I made 22 gingerbread boxes with lids. (Borrowed the idea from some I saw on Fancy Flours website.) I will cover them with fondant after gluing them together and this year, they will decorate with stamps dipped in food coloring. I bought a Christmas set of stamps at Michaels, cheap, and will also have some candies that they can glue on with RI. (The teacher has had them write down their dreams and wishes and those will go in the boxes.) HTH
post #25 of 26
do you have a pic of the gingerbread houses you did with the kindergarten class? that's a great idea to do with that age group! How long did it take you to make all those houses for them to decorate?
post #26 of 26
luv2bake6, I will have to look for a pic of the gingerbread houses but to make them went fairly quickly. I had a cookie cutter set for a small size house that I got at King Arthur flour co. I made batches of gingerbread dough (McCormack's recipe), cut out the pieces, put hard candy pieces in the window openings and baked. I cut out 6 inch squares of cardboard and set up each house and glued with RI and let dry for 2 days before they decorated.
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