We are really loving the story Rainbow Fish at the moment especially after creating our Rainbow Fish Salt Dough Decorations last week which T was excited about she took into school to show her teachers she had made them. As it’s half term at the moment then we have afternoon treats with a movie if it’s raining and these Rainbow Fish Sugar Cookies are perfect for sharing whilst watching your favourites.
I love making cookies but when you have young kids they will always be tempted to have a taste of the cookie dough – this is my favourite Egg-Free Sugar Cookie recipe and produces lovely fluffy sugar cookies which although they spread a little whilst cooking still retain their shapes and are ideal for kids to make, decorate and eat.
3 cups plain flour
1/2 cup margarine
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
2tsp baking powder
1 cup caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup of semi-skimmed milk
Fish Shaped Cookie Cutter
I always start off cooking with the kids by measuring out the ingredients in this recipe we used cups because I wanted to have a little extra work on pouring for the kids working on their fine motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination.
With all the ingredients measured out start off by mixing together the margarine, sugar and vanilla extract. I’m using my mixer but this is easy to do by hand, you want the mix to be light and fluffy.
Now add in the milk and dry ingredients but NOT the food colouring or colour sugars.
Mix it into a dough. It’s a fairly soft dough – more like well-kneaded playdough when mixed together.
Separate the dough into a number of balls – these you will colour to create your rainbow fish.
We use Sugarflair paste for colouring all food (and our homemade playdough) as much smaller quantities are needed than when you use a liquid food colour and having the basic primary colours you can create lots of different variations.
Using a cocktail stick put a little of the paste onto the ball and then knead the colour in. Please be aware that this will stain your hands and nails for a while but it is worth it to use a tiny amount of dye and get a bright colour.
We did lots of different colours, adding more paste to get bright colours and less to get less vibrant colours. What looks like it will be really bright once cooked is much lighter.
Wrap the dough in cling film and place in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes this will stop the cookies from spreading quite a much.
Preheat an oven to 180C
Then take out and layer the different coloured dough into a block and even out the ends.
Cut out fish shapes and lay on a cookie sheet on grease proof paper.
Sprinkle the tops of the fish with some coloured sugars and place in the oven for approximately 10 minutes until they are slightly puffy.
Take out and cool on a wire rack and then enjoy with some milk whilst reading the Rainbow Fish book together.
Other Rainbow Fish Ideas
This month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids is based on the book the Rainbow Fish – US Amazon / UK Amazon by Marcus Pfister and the co-hosts and I have got together to put together some learning, crafts and fun ideas for kids to bring the book to life.
Rainbow Fish Alphabet Matching Craft – I Can Teach my Child
Rainbow Fish Scratch Art – Sugar Spice and Glitter
Rainbow Fish Colour Mixing – Preschool Powol Packets
Pre-writing Activity Rainbow Fish Note Cards – Growing Book by Book
Rainbow Fish Themed Gross Motor – 3 Dinosaurs
Easy and Colourful Name Puzzles for Preschoolers – Toddler Approved
Scribble Art Rainbow Fish – Mama Miss
Rainbow Fizzing Play – The Pleasantest Thing
Rainbow Fish Play Dough – Inspiration Laboratories