Clay and Cookies

The seventh grade Literature book for fourth quarter is “A Single Shard”. It’s about a boy in 11th century Korea who is fascinated by the celadon pottery a grouchy master makes. The story talks about some pottery that is inlaid with different colors.

I saw an idea online to use a recipe for cookies that are “inlaid” with hard candy. It seemed like the perfect activity!

I got some pre-made sugar cookie dough, then crushed up some Jolly Ranchers. The kids cut pieces out of the un-cooked cookies, then filled the holes with various colors of candy.

The room smelled like fruity candy.

The room smelled like fruity candy.

The kids made many creative designs.

The kids made many creative designs.

The cookies puffed up a lot and obscured some of the designs.

The cookies puffed up a lot and obscured some of the designs.

The finished products were a little disappointing because the dough puffed up and swallowed the candy. Also, the cookies are a little weird to eat. The cookie is soft and easy to chew, but the candy was still Jolly Rancher, and really hard to chew. I was worried I’d loose a crown.

Still, the kids had fun, and now maybe they understand a little better what “inlay work” is.

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One Response to Clay and Cookies

  1. Lauren says:

    Brilliant!! Just brilliant! I think your application of the process is maybe the most noble and clever I’ve seen. You are right that they are going to remember this. Very cool, Brad. 😀

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