During a recent play date with my children and my niece and nephew we decided to make sugar cookies. My sister had a package of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough in her refrigerator and we thought the kids would have fun decorating them.
As we were raiding her pantry for an assortment of sprinkles and things, I remembered the Cookie Art recipe I recently saw on marthastewart.com. It looked like an easy enough activity for even the youngest children to try. All you need is sugar cookie dough (prepackaged or homemade), straws and food coloring.
Cut the dough and place on individual sheets of parchment or foil. Give each child their own plate of cookie dough.
Drop food coloring on each cookie and have the children blow through straws. This will let them create a paint splatter effect. (You can also let them "paint" their cookies with food dye and clean paintbrushes.)