Celebrate Earth Day With Lorax Book and Cookies Party!

Mar 19, 2014 at 6:14 pm |
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Children, our hope for the future, are eager to be stewards of our planet. The Lorax is a perfect parable for fostering a more eco-friendly, green economy and way of life. Simply invite some children to celebrate Earth Day with this Lorax inspired “Milk & Cookies” story time gathering.

Tips for your Lorax Story Time Gathering:

  1. Host your party for young children for 1 – 1.5 hours.
  2. Create a story time area with a large blanket/area rug and oversized pillows and a chair for the reader.
  3. Set up a children’s coloring table with Lorax coloring sheets and crayons so the kids have an activity to do upon arrival.
  4. Serve Lorax inspired cookies and milk boxes.
  5. Gather the children in the story time area and read the story of the Lorax.

DIY Lorax Inspired Cookies

(1 dozen cookies)

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen circle shaped sugar cookies
  • vanilla buttercream frosting
  • 12 Lorax inspired fondant toppers

Instructions

Make sugar cookies using the sugar cookie recipe below – cut out in a circle, make sure your circle cookie cutter is at least the diameter of the fondant topper. While cookies are cooling, make the buttercream frosting.  Place a dollop of frosting on top of each cookie. Top with Lorax inspired fondant topper. It’s that easy!

Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe

(Makes 4-5 dozen cookies/yield dependent on size of cookie cutters)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and sugar in mixer. Mix in egg and vanilla.
  2. Mix in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar just until combined.
  3. Divide dough in half and form into balls. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Lightly flour your “dough rolling” surface (whether it’s your cleaned countertop or another surface you use for rolling dough.)
  6. Roll out balls of dough to approx. ¼” thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out your cookies. Roll up scraps into a ball and repeat process. If dough gets too warm, return to refrigerator.
  7. Place on cookie sheet and bake just until bottom is golden brown, approx. 8 minutes.
  8. Cool a few minutes and then transfer to cooling rack. When completely cool store in airtight container.

Buttercream Icing

(Makes approx. 3 cups)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp. milk

Instructions

  1. Cream shortening and butter in mixer. Add in vanilla.
  2. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add milk 1 Tbsp. at a time until icing is the right spreading consistency.
  4. Add desired food coloring. If making a few different colors, divide icing into several different containers.
  5. Use immediately or cover until ready to use.

 

Children, our hope for the future, are eager to be stewards of our planet. The Lorax is a perfect parable for fostering a more eco-friendly, green economy and way of life. Simply invite some children to celebrate Earth Day with this Lorax inspired “Milk & Cookies” story time gathering. Tips for your Lorax Story Time Gathering: […]