Did you know you have a craft supply right in your kitchen cabinets? It’s true, cookie cutters have so many fun uses! Making cookies is certainly fun, but there are lots of other uses as well.
Cookie Cutter Ideas for Kids
Here’s a quick list of ideas for using cookie cutter in crafts, activities and play. This post contains affiliate links.
- Making shapes from dough
- Using them as a stencil or tracing tool
- Making cookies of course!
- Cutting food into fun shapes
- Decorating your food
- Use them for sorting and matching
- Make shaped crayons
Where to Get Them
Cookie cutters are easy to find. They can be purchased at any discount department store or craft store. You may even be able to find them at the grocery store. Very often you will find a package of approximately 100 shapes for around $15! Wilton makes a set that’s available through Amazon here.
Tracing, Cutting and Pasting
Pull out the construction paper, scissors and glue and just let your kids create. You’ll be amazed at the cute cards, pictures and even shadow boxes they will put together when they can trace shapes instead of drawing them freehand. Show them how to trace several of the same shape on different colored papers, then trim each one a bit smaller than the other. Glue the smaller ones on top of the bigger ones for a fun 3-D effect. You can make greeting cards for any occasion by cutting out traced shapes and gluing to the front of a folded piece of construction paper. Write your message inside and you have an instant greeting! You can even use cookie cutters to create your very own potato stamps! And speaking of stamps, you can dip the cookie cutters in paint or an ink pad and use them as stamps too.
Bake fun heart or star shaped cookies and decorate with frosting and sprinkles, or cut shapes out of biscuit or crescent dough for a tasty treat. Cheese is easy to shape with cookie cutters, as are fresh melon and sliced cucumbers. Cut sandwiches into shapes, or use a small cutter to cut just a small section from your sandwich, letting the fillings show through.
Make up a batch of salt dough to create a multitude of magnets, paperweights, and pins. After baking the salt dough cut outs, decorate with colorful craft paints and spray with an acrylic sealer.
Play Dough Fun
If your kids like play dough, cookie cutters are a fun way to create many different designs. Simply press the cookie cutter into flattened dough to make whatever your heart desires. Wad the dough up and flatten again to make more.
Another cool way to use cookie cutters is as crayon molds. Presto: old broken crayons are now fun new shapes!
Cookie cutters have more uses than just baking cookies. Next time you see a package in the store, grab it! I guarantee you and your kids will put them to good use.