December 4 is National Cookie Day. Okay, so it’s not a national holiday and you might not find any greeting cards to mark the occasion, but we should all still celebrate.
A simple celebration can include reading Laura Numeroff’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. This delightful story combines repetition and adorable pictures that begins innocently enough by giving a mouse a cookie. This story has entertained children for thirty (!) years and has launched numerous other stories like If You Give a Pig a Party and If You Take a Mouse to the Movies.
When reading stories to and with your children, it’s always fun to incorporate fun activities like dressing up, creating new character voices, visiting the types of places mentioned in a story, or trying foods introduced in the story. These activities can truly help bring the story to life by allowing your child to see, hear and do things outside of the pages of books.
If you read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie on National Cookie Day, then you should eat some cookies.
If you eat some cookies, then you might want to make some cookies.
If you make some cookies, then you’ll need to decide what kind of cookies to make.
If you don’t know what kind of cookies to make, then you could make magic cookie bars unless that’s too fussy.
If magic cookie bars are too fussy, then you could make stovetop no-bake cookies unless someone has a peanut allergy.
If someone has a peanut allergy, then you can bake classic chocolate chip cookies unless someone can’t eat gluten.
If someone can’t eat gluten, then you can make gluten-free cut out cookies.
If you’re still not sure what to make, then you could bake some brownies.
If you bake some brownies, then you’ll be ready for National Brownie Day on December 8!
Jann Fujimoto, MS CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and owner of SpeechWorks LLC. As Lake Country’s mobile speech therapy practice, SpeechWorks helps children become confident communicators and empowers parents to be their child’s speech-language advocate. Reach her at 262-490-5653.