We are always looking for fun ways to learn the alphabet with our preschoolers so we decided that it would be fun to cook the alphabet for the Virtual Book Club for Kids linked with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. This alphabet cookie recipe has no eggs in so is a great one to cook with kids that put everything in their mouths just like our youngest does. So here we go simple to cook with kids recipe for Alphabet Cookies.
Learning the Letters with Alphabet Cookies
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This is a great alphabet fun activity for preschoolers to do that makes a tasty treat as well. The recipe is really simple as well and the dough can be eaten raw as it is egg-free.
Before we get to the recipe that you can print out we've got some fun ways in which you can teach the letters whilst you cook and eat these little treats.
Teach the Alphabet with Cooking
Our kids love making these cookies, mixing the butter and sugar together and then adding in the flour (we even have added chocolate chips when we baked dinosaurs using the same recipe).
Letter Recognition Activity
One of the first activities we do is start with letter recognition. Picking up our letter cookie cutters and saying what letter it is.
We do this either as we select the letters to use from the cookie-cutter box or as we cut out the cookies in the dough.
Letter matching Activity
Another way we've used the cookie alphabet recipe is to match the letters in our names and as our kids got older with words that they were learning to read and spell.
Just take a piece of paper and write the word down and then ask your preschoolers to find the letters that match.
Letter Sounds Activity
As your preschooler starts to learn to read it's important that they not only know the letter names A, B, C, D etc... but also the sounds that the letters make e.g. Phonics.
It's easy to introduce this as you cook.
Instead of saying let's find the letter A, say let's find an a for apple. You can pick a cookie cutter and then ask your child to say some words that match that letter sound.
Don't worry if they get things wrong in terms of spellings at the preschool stage we're only listening out that they can hear that the beginning sound is right so maybe you end up with s is for circle - I know we did for a year or two.
What They Are Also Learning with This Alphabet Activity
Although we have a focus on the alphabet for this activity you will be surprised at how much more your child is learning.
- Follow instructions
- Measuring and pouring
- Fine Motor Skills
- About cooking as a life skill
Egg Free Sugar Cookies Ingredients in Grammes & Ounces
Our printable recipe below is in cups - this is because it's easy for your child to follow the recipe themselves. However, if you don't have cups or you want to introduce grammes or ounces we have the ingredients listed below in the table in both measures.
|Plain (All Purpose Flour)||6||180|
Printable Egg Free Sugar Cookie Recipe to Bake with Toddlers and Preschoolers
Egg-Free Alphabet Sugar Cookies Recipe
- Alphabet Cookie Cutters
- Rolling Pin
- Parchment Paper
- Cookie Sheet
- Ziplock Bag
- Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
- Put the sugar and butter into a bowl and using a mixer mix together until light and creamy.
- Add the flour into the mix and bring together to form a dough.
- Once a ball has formed remove and knead on a lightly floured surface till it's a good dough consistency.
- Place the dough in a ziplock bag in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to cool.
- Once this time is up. Pre-heat an oven to 180C/350F.
- Lightly flour the surface and a rolling pin and roll out the dough.
- Using the cookie cutters cut out the letters. Make extras of ones that are in familiar names and words.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place the cookies on it to cook.
- Place the cookie sheet in the centre of the oven for about 8 minutes.
- Remove and cool and then enjoy.
More Alphabet Activities for Preschoolers And Toddlers
We love mixing up our alphabet activities with themes and learning the letters not in isolation but as a whole.
One of the first things I did with our preschooler was to create our own sensory alphabet. This was first in a set of lowercase print letters -> see the full tutorial for making your own print sensory alphabet here and then as I discovered that she would learn cursive letters at school a cursive alphabet sensory alphabet.
We also made yarn letters in this simple alphabet activity that got our preschooler thinking about how letters are formed and recognising them as she traced them with yarn.
What to Read With This Alphabet Cookie Activity
We love combining our activities with books so this week in our preschool book basket with have 4 fun alphabet books that my kids love. Check them out below.
If you have loved cooking this recipe at home with your toddler or preschoolers then why not try some of the other recipes that we have cooked together with our youngest members of the family with our Recipes for Cooking with Toddlers and Preschoolers.