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Cinnamon Ornaments


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    - Measurement
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  • PreK
  • K-2
  • 3-5

Brief Description

Students create a keepsake cinnamon ornament for the family Christmas tree or to hang in a window.


Students will

  • mix ingredients to form dough.
  • create an ornament.
  • write a message to accompany the ornament.


ornament, Christmas, cinnamon, apple, cookie, gift

Materials Needed

  • cinnamon
  • applesauce
  • white liquid glue
  • holiday cookie cutters
  • rolling pin
  • pencils, paper clips
  • window screening, or cooling racks used in baking
  • spatula
  • ribbon

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students create an ornament for their familys holiday tree or as a window decoration.

Mix together 2 cups of cinnamon, 1-1/2 cups of applesauce, and 4 tablespoons of white glue. Knead the mixture for about 10 minutes. If the mixture is a bit too wet, add more cinnamon; if it is too dry, add more applesauce. The mixture should form enough dough to create an ornament for all students in a class of 25 students.

Note: If you prefer to have small groups of students working on this project, arrange students into groups of six. Have each group mix -cup of cinnamon, 1/3-cup of applesauce, and 1 tablespoon of glue.

Students take turns using a rolling pin to roll out the mixture on a board dusted with cinnamon. Then provide a cookie cutter (if all students will create the same ornament) or a collection of holiday cookie cutters. When the dough is rolled out, students press the cookie cutter(s) into the dough to form their ornaments.

Variations: You might provide non-holiday cookie cutters -- such as animals or a schoolhouse -- that would also be appropriate. Also, students can use the tip of a pencil or an unraveled paper clip to scratch a message into one side of the ornament. That message could be as simple as the students name and the year, so the ornament will serve as a memento of this holiday season. If the ornament will be given as a special gift, students might scratch a message of love for the planned recipient.

Use a spatula to lift the ornaments onto a sheet of wire screening (or a cooling rack used in baking). Use the tip of a pencil to gently poke a hole at the top of the ornament. Over the next two days, turn the ornaments a few times, so they will dry thoroughly. If necessary, ornaments can be baked in a very low oven.

When the ornament is dry, string ribbon through the hole, so it can be hung from a tree or window.

More Ornament Recipes

See some variations of the above recipe on the Christmas Craft Projects: Cinnamon Ornaments Web page.


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Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
GRADES 5 - 8
NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes

MATHEMATICS: Measurement
GRADES Pre-K - 2
NM-MEA.PK-2.1 Understand Measurable Attributes of Objects and the Units, Systems, and Processes of Measurement
GRADES 3 - 5
NM-MEA.3-5.1 Understand Measurable Attributes of Objects and the Units, Systems, and Processes of Measurement

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