Sunday, September 9, 2007

Baby Moses Jello craft

Adapted from an idea on Danielle's place. My K-5 class enjoyed this today. Instructions are for 12 projects.
  • 2 packages blue Jello
  • 12 paper plates
  • 12 clear plastic cups
  • 1 package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 12 Teddy Grahams*
  • 1 Fruit by the foot
  • 36 pretzel sticks
  • 36 spearmint leaf gumdrops
  • 12 toothpicks
  • 1 tube black decorating icing
  • 12 knives or popsicle sticks
Do ahead:
  1. Prepare Jello according to directions, pour abut 1/3 cup into each plastic cup.
  2. Prepare cookie dough baskets. Roll dough thin and cut into 12 2.5-inch circles. place each circle in a greased mini-muffin tin, press into cup. Bake at 350 for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and use a spoon to press the puffed-up cookie dough down into a well in the center. Return to the oven for 5-7 more minutes, until brown. Remove from oven and press with spoon again if needed. Cool before removing from pan.
For class:
Give each child a plate with a cup of Jello, a cookie basket, a Teddy graham, a 1-2 inch strip of fruit rollup, a toothpick, 3 gumdrops, 3 pretzels and a blunt knife. Squeeze a dollop of icing onto each plate, and have the kids coat the outside bottom and sides of their basket with "pitch," spreading on icing with the knife. They can wrap their "Baby Moses" Teddy graham in the fruit-roll-up "blanket" and put him in the basket. Place the basket on the blue Jello water of the Nile. (Kids like "jiggling" it at this step to watch baby Moses "float.") For weeds, have them make a small hole in the gumdrop with their toothpick, then insert a pretzel. Stick the "weeds" in the water around Baby Moses' basket. Finished craft looks like this:
*My son pointed out after class that Sour Patch kids candy would have worked, as well.

1 comment:

Digitalsleet said...

I made the cookie baskets and jell-o cups for my children's evening church. The kids are going to assemble them this evening.

When making the cookies, I found that using a mini-muffin pan and cooking the cookies made for the perfect shape - also immediately after I got the cookies out of the oven, I pressed the centers down with a Pampered Chef tart shaper. It made the centers symmetrical and perfect for "Moses."

Thanks for this craft/recipe!!!