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Christmas projects for kidsPosted at 12:02PM, 11 December 2012 by Lily Barclay - Writer, bbcgoodfood.com
Get creative in the kitchen this Christmas and let the kids cook up a little festive merriment of their own. From spiced and iced Christmas trees to snowball truffles we've got an abundance of ideas to keep small hands very busy.
But it doesn't have to be all play and no work, help them package up their creations as homemade Christmas gifts for family and friends, even if they don't have the perfect finish, granny is sure to be impressed.
It's hard to resist Rudolph at the best of times, but if he's on the top of a chocolate cupcake then we stand no chance. Children between three and seven should be able to line the muffin tin, stir the mixture and spread the icing. From the age of seven and upwards kids should be able to make the cakes with assistance but will still need help with the oven and hot tin. All children will love decorating. Pop the decorative bits into bowls to give your kids the freedom to do the cupcakes themselves, and remember to leave some out for Santa as an extra special treat.
Spiced and iced Christmas trees
Everything tastes better when eaten off a stick, and these warm and spicy biscuits are no exception. Kids will love stamping out Christmas tree shapes and sandwiching them together. Enjoy a biscuit warm from the oven with a cup of tea, it's Christmas after all, then sit back and watch the kids get decorating.
Christmas tree crispy pops
Kids, marshmallows, icing sugar and sprinkles might sound like a bit of a sticky combination, but the mess will be worth it. Kids are bound to love putting these cute Christmas cones together. Once the tricky cooking and assembling bits have been done, stand back and let them decorate with abandon.
Bay, popcorn & cranberry strings
These beautiful, bay, popcorn & cranberry strings are perfect for making with older children, and will give your home a lovely, rustic, Christmassy feel. Although young and enthusiastic eaters might need to be kept at bay, as they are not for eating!
Let kids go crazy rolling and coating these scrummy sweet snowballs, as they make brilliant homemade gifts. The smallest of hands should be able to help squishing the mixture into balls. Just refrain yourself and the kids from eating too many and Christmas presents for family friends will be sorted. Add a bit of shimmering edible glitter into the mix and the kids will be in heaven. If the kids are still in a creative mood then let them loose with a few felt-tips on some homemade gift tags and your presents will be complete.
Edible name biscuits
Want to keep the kids entertained without causing havoc in the kitchen? These edible name biscuits don't involve any actual baking so the kids can get stuck straight into the fun, decorating part. Help little ones ice the names of your guests on the biscuits and the kids can proudly display their works of art on the Christmas table.
Will you be whipping up some festive treats this Christmas? We'd love to hear your tips and ideas on cooking with kids...