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Toddler Activity: Cookie Decorating Party

If you are in the need of a play date activity or perhaps just in the mood for some silly food fun at home, try a cookie decorating party. Preparation for this is quick and since you can eat your work, clean up is quick too.

If I had known I was going to blog about this I would've cleaned all the junk off the couch!
  • Start with a plate of plain sugar cookies, probably 3-4 per child. You can provide a plastic baggie after the icing has set to store leftovers for each child to take home. If you have the energy to make cookies from scratch, God bless you because I sure don't. I bought some take and bake sugar cookies, but you could even get away with baked cookies that are fresh, like the kind from Costco. If you are baking them yourself you can make them the morning of or the day before to save time.
  • Line up some extra roomy plates to lay out your cookies. Make a big batch of powdered sugar and add a little milk at a time and stir with a whisk to remove any clumps and to incorporate completely. Once you are at a good consistency of not too thin - not too thick, pour the icing into six different ramekins.
  • Add the food coloring to the icing in your ramekins. I went for pastel colors so that I wouldn't have to add much food coloring. Pink, purple, orange, yellow, blue and green.
  • Set your ramekins on a large platter in the middle of your table, with sprinkles on the side. Use small spoons for each color, baby spoons work great for this. If you are worried about getting icing all over be sure to pull out some kids aprons. 
  • Now that everything is set up, get to decorating! Let the cookies sit for a bit to set up while the kids get cleaned up and play outside. After lunch you can let them eat one or two of their pieces of cookie art, and bag up the extra to take home.


  1. This is such a great idea!! My girls would love to do this : )

  2. This is a really great idea for a playdate! I'm hosting Toddler themed linky party on my blog I hope you will stop by and link up with my party.


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