I was talking to my husband about the end-of-the-year and asking for suggestions for fun activities. He reminded me of a cookie activity he did, at his graphic design studio, a few years back...
...I've been doing my "How It's Made" activity with all my classes, (two grade 6, two grade 7 and one grade 8), but decided to put a twist on it for my grade 8 students. This is because they have had a long of long-projects, requiring difficult technical skills...and because I won't teach them next year.
We watched a couple of the videos, for the shuttlecock, safety googles, then I introduced a new one, showing how chocolate biscuits/cookies are made in a factory in the UK....After this I showed them a video of one person making a Drake Cookie..... They didn't quite see the theme yet, and just as I was about to announce the activity, they asked to watch a "How to make a Dutch syrup waffle: a 'Stroopwafel"
After this I told them they would decorating cookies to look like another student in the class....
Before I sent them off to wash their hands, (while I set up the table, with supplies), we watched the video about the Marshmallow test. I reminded them, not to eat their art supplies before the cookie is made. I also explained to them how I use this video with younger students to talk about online distractions like gaming.
Below are the results form their cookies. this was so much fun. They had limited supplies, so could only make them look so good....but I was impressed with the different ideas, range and thought this was an excellent bonding experience. I actually gave them two cookies each, so they could also do a self portrait, but some also made cookie portraits of me.
Here's me - the hair is pretty accurate!
Believe in the power of play - have fun - be silly.