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Gingerbread Cookies or Ornaments

By Stephen Ahn, Outreach Worker – Kingston-Galloway

Christmas is right around the corner and you know what that means… Gingerbread cookies! The TCM theme this December is “Joy”, these cookies will help remind the children to be joyful in this season of celebration.

These are extremely easy to make and prepare!

Materials:

  • Gingerbread cookies (large and small). You can use your favourite recipe, or get an easy recipe here. Tip: If you poke a small hole, about 1/4″ in diameter, at the top of the cookie before baking, you can use the cookie later as an ornament
  • Icing. Use your favourite recipe, or get an easy recipe here. Add food colouring if desired.
  • Smarties
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Ribbon

Steps:

  1. Hand out gingerbread cookies to each student.
  2. Outline placement of Smarties on the cookie.
  3. Apply the icing in the appropriate positions of the Smarties. Tip: Spoon icing into a ziploc bag, squeeze the air out of the bag and seal it. Cut a very small hole in one bottom corner of the bag and slowly squeeze the icing out to decorate.
  4. Let the icing dry. Play a game!
  5. Wrap gingerbread cookies in wrapping paper.
  6. Tie each package with a ribbon.
  7. Hand out and enjoy!

Christmas Ornaments

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By Wilson Wong – Placement Student, St. James Town

Hi everyone! For all who do not know who I am, my name is Wilson Wong and I’m a placement student at Seneca@York doing my term with TCM. I have the pleasure of sharing a little bit about what I have been doing with the KIC kids at St. James Town. For project, we made Christmas ornaments. It is really easy and simple, just follow the steps!

Materials:

– 2 cups flour
– 1 cup salt
– 3/4 water
– Straw
– String
– Acrylic paint (works best)
– 1/2 cup cinnamon or glitter (optional) *to make the ornament smell better*
– Cookie cutters (optional)

Steps:

1) Add the flour, salt and whatever else you want in to a large bowl. Mix very well.
2) Add water to the mix. Mix and knead until it becomes dough. If it is too sticky, add flour. If it is too dry, add water.
3) Separate the dough in portions enough to make ornaments.
4) Once the ornament shapes are made, use the straw and poke a hole for the string to go through.
5) You could choose to air dry or oven dry the ornaments:
– Air dry: Just place out in a room temperature area with ventilation. Every so often, flip ornament for even drying.
– Oven dry: Dry in oven on low heat to slow bake until desired look. Every so often, flip ornament for even drying.
6) Paint one side of ornament. Wait till dry to paint the other side.
7) When all is dry, tie a string through the poked hole.
8) You have your Christmas ornament!

You can let the kids be creative and make whatever shape they want or use cookie cutters to create the ornaments.

The Kindness Jar

By Michelle Lai (Outreach Worker – St. James Town)

“Ha ha! I’m faster than you!”

“You don’t know the answer to that math question?! Wow…”

“Ew, he smells!”

“No one wants to be his partner because he’s a cheater!”

 These are some of the heartbreaking things I hear at KIC on a daily basis—children making mean comments about or towards other children. Although it is obvious to me that this is something that needs to change, it is not an easy task to change it.

 Unfortunately, we are living in a performance-based culture. Our children feel like they need to measure up to some kind of standard in order to be loved and accepted. When they don’t feel like they are measuring up, they try to find something wrong in someone else in order to feel better about themselves.

 This is exactly where the gospel is needed! Children (and adults) need to know that we do not need to earn God’s love or approval. Jesus made a way for us to be fully accepted by God in spite of our sin and shortcomings. When we are in Christ, we are made righteous:

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21.

 When God looks at his children, he sees Jesus. If this is true, then we should not feel the need to compare ourselves to others. We are all made righteous in Christ.

This month, we are giving kids a chance to see Jesus in others. We are teaching our kids about God’s kindness, and we are teaching them that we can show kindness to others with God’s help.

We started using a kindness jar at KIC. Kids are encouraged to look for the kind things that others do. Whenever someone does something kind, his or her name gets displayed in the jar. This has given kids a chance to celebrate each other, rather than tear each other down. They are learning that God gives us lots of opportunities to be kind every day!

Paper Plate Masks

By Jeff Barker (Outreach Worker – Willowtree)

This past week the kids at our KIC (Grade 1-4) program really enjoyed making paper plate masks. These masks are very simple to make. Use them to re-enact a Bible Story or have kids make up their own skit.

Materials:

  • Pretty much any craft supplies can be used on this mask.
  • Paper plates
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Coloured popsicle sticks
  • Pompoms
  • Crayons or markers (pencil crayons do not show up well on the plates!)
  • Glue
  • Scissors

To keep the mask on the children’s face without them having to hold it with their hands a hole can be poked on each side of the plate. We then put 1 pipe cleaner through each of the holes and tied them together at the back.