I’ve been trying to come up with a fun activity to do the last two days before Christmas break and I decided it would be fun to create ornaments. I’m still coming up with the activity that will involve the math leading up to the decorating the ornaments but it will definitely have to do with measurement, proportions, and ratios.
Due to time and lack of an oven at school, I decided to make them at home, and just have the students do the recipe work at school. Making the ornaments was super easy, fun, and best of all cheap!!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 3/4 cup warm water (possibly up to 1 cup depending on how the dough comes together)
1. Mix all the ingredients together.
2. Knead it until it’s nice and doughy.
3. Roll out to preferred thickness
4. Use cookie cutters to make whatever shape ornaments you want.
5. Use a straw to poke a hole in the top so you can hang them with a string or hook.
6. Bake for 20 minutes at 200 degrees. Turn over once at the 10 minute mark.
7. Once they are baked you can paint them, glitter them, decorate however you want.
I think mine must not have been rolled out enough, but I liked the thickness because my pi cookie cutter makes the sough stretch if it’s too thin. I ended up cooking on 200 degrees for 40 minutes, flipping every 10 minutes. The recipe makes between 10 and 16 (yes, I’m not really sure how that happened! I must really NOT roll consistently!) pi ornaments. I would imagine it would make a ton of tinier ornaments. I ended up making 57 ornaments. I have 44 students but I figured having a few extra was a good idea since they could be break in transport.
I can’t wait to take these in and have the kiddo work with them. Stay tuned for the math activity and pictures of the final products!