Everyone loves cookies, especially children; it’s little wonder why so many people around the world have incorporated baking cookies as an activity in their children’s classes. Long-time readers of this blog will remember that we’ve celebrated Naw-Ruz with cookie-baking several times now. Others have made it a tradition to bake cookies for ‘Ayyam-i-Ha. Children are genuinely proud to bake and decorate their own cookies—the sense of accomplishment that comes from successfully following a recipe can help children gain confidence in their abilities. When we tried our hand at baking, the children enjoyed it immensely, and looked forward to sharing with their families. Some of the children had been so industrious in making the cookies, and had amassed such a stack of them, that they started sharing their cookies with anybody they could find.
Baking cookies is pretty easy, and a quick Google search will turn up some good recipes. Good preparation is key; try making your own batch at home before the children’s class to make sure you understand how to do it (if you don’t already). A nice thing to bring along is a set of nine-pointed star cookie cutters—readily available online from Indiana-based Special Ideas. For those whose baking skills are more advanced, you may want to try your hand at Baha’i Cookie Temples—cookie models of Baha’i Houses of Worship, akin to gingerbread houses. (I seriously doubt my own skill level is that high!)
Jessica Craig, a seventh-grade student in the state of Washington, USA, recently wrote the following in an essay for United Nations Universal Human Rights Day; it might be nice to mention as a way of tying in the cookie-baking with Baha’i principles!
“Every cookie is made up of basically the same thing […] flour, sugar, and baking soda. For humans it might be our brain, heart or lungs which are all the same, and completely necessary to be alive. In cookies you have the basic ingredients but the things that make each cookie different may be you add nuts, or dried fruit and chocolate chips! […] All human beings are the same, but all of us have different beliefs and ideas.”
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