When we plan holiday parties for our playgroup, I like to try to find small ways to instill lessons to the kids on how to use the holidays to give back to others. So we took a poll and for our Christmas party this year we decided the theme was going to be “pay it forward”.
I love. love. love this theme and I’m so excited about throwing this little party together! During Christmas time a lot of young kids fall into the trap of thinking about themselves, the gifts they want, etc– So taking this opportunity to teach them a little bit more about giving to others is going to be a blast!
Here’s how it works:
- Buy a few of your favorite packages of Betty Crocker cookies, we found all of ours at our local Kroger (hint: get extra. you’ll end up eating a bunch!)
- Host a fun at-home baking night with your kids or other young loved ones – the more the merrier!
- Package some homemade Betty Crocker cookies in a gift basket for a loved one, using adorable – and free! – #SpreadCheer downloadable printables
- Leave the basket on a doorstep– this can be a friend, a neighbor, a loved one, a stranger!
It’s all done in the spirit of doing something nice for someone else and expecting nothing else in return, and then perhaps they’ll pay it forward to someone else, right?
Coco and I set to work making cookies, but we got a little carried away. You see, we didn’t want to just make cookies to gift.. we wanted to make Kindness Cookies, we sandwiches sugar cookies together and filled them with positive pay-it-forward messages and sprinkles– because hey, who doesn’t love sprinkles? Then glued them together with chocolate, dipped in more chocolate, and dipped in more sprinkles.
How cute are they?!
You can use nesting cookie cutters or do it yourself using regular and wide-mouthed mason jar lids.
Each cookie will require three parts: three circles cut from a large lid, then one of the circles will have the inside removed by using a small lid. Check out the images to see how easy (and cute!) they are:
Now I think it goes without saying, but please please if you’re going to gift these to other people, ya gotta warn them. Give ’em a little heads up that there’s a message in there, like a fortunate cookie 😀 You don’t want anyone accidentally eating a little scroll.
Kids have got to be supervised, or make them their own super cute versions:
When you’re ready to eat, split the cookie open and find the hidden message. Then do the PIF task that you find inside!
My five year old helped me come up with these: hold the door for a stranger, write a nice letter to your grandparents.