Teaching Children to Give—Reindeer Cookies as Holiday Neighbor Gifts

my worldraising giving children

Reindeer Cookies When I think of favorite holiday activities, giving is the first one that comes to mind. I love seeing all the Angel Trees around town, collection bins for the Food Bank, boxes accepting winter coat donations, and much more. That so many organizations are centered on helping those in need is uplifting. I appreciate them making it easy for me to play a part in that outreach!

My parents were like these organizations. They provided ample ways for our family to help others while at the same time helping us fall in love with the act of giving. So, as the holiday season gets under way, I want to share a few ways you can teach your children to fall in love with the act of giving as well.

Service and giving can have many different recipients: self, family, friends, pets, neighbors, community, the world, etc. Part 1 of my "Teaching Children to Give" series focuses on those right around you—your neighbors.

Neighbors are a vital part of the community in which you live. They often are the people you see at common places in your life—at the grocery store, at church service, at your kids' school, at volunteer activities, at community events, and more. Showing appreciation for them and teaching your children the importance of valuing them is not only important, but can be fun!

Baking reindeer cookies is a tradition I started with my two boys several years ago. My mother in law shared the recipe with me and helped us bake our first batch. Now, my family bakes these every Thanksgiving holiday weekend and takes them around to our neighbors to kick off the holiday season with a bang!

Check out this Whrrl story for more pictures and detailed steps on how to make them!

Powered by Whrrl

If you join or log in to Whrrl, please comment and share your fun holiday giving traditions too!

The following two tabs change content below.
Victoria is obSEUSSed with bringing children’s stories and characters to life through kid crafts and fun activities. Inspired by Dr. Seuss, she hopes to get children excited about reading by encouraging moms to be librarians at home. All three of her children love books, including her 6-month-old.

Latest posts by Jyl Johnson Pattee (see all)

Comments

7 Responses to “Teaching Children to Give—Reindeer Cookies as Holiday Neighbor Gifts”

  1. carissa says:

    This year a women’s group is getting together to learn how to make some easy food treat gift ideas.. for neighbors and teacher’s gifts.. easy cookie mixes, some faux pecan turtles, and chocolate popcorn! YUM.. fast and easy and CHEAP! I hadn’t thought about whrrling the event… good idea!

  2. Amy says:

    Children learn by showing them and what a wonderful, fun way to teach them this lesson of giving. The reindeer cookies are super cute too!

  3. Camille says:

    This is definitely the time of year we recognize our neighbors. What a great article – and super cute reindeer cookies! :)

  4. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jyl Johnson Pattee, Teaching & Learning. Teaching & Learning said: Teaching Children to Give Part 1—Reindeer Cookies as Holiday … http://bit.ly/6QoDVw [...]

  5. [...] Reindeer Cookies for Gifts by Mom it Forward [...]

  6. […] When I think of favorite holiday activities, giving is the first one that comes to mind. I love seeing all the Angel Trees around town, collection bins for the Food Bank, boxes accepting winter coat donations, and much more.  […]

Leave a Reply


Web Statistics