Throw a Lorax-Themed Storytime Book Party for Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day and share the lessons of the Lorax with your party guests.


Children, our hope for the future, are eager to be stewards of our planet. The Lorax is a perfect parable for fostering a more eco-friendly, green economy and way of life. Simply invite some children to celebrate Earth Day with this Lorax-inspired milk and cookies storytime gathering.

Tips for your Lorax Story Time Gathering:

  • • Host your party for young children for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • • Create a story time area with a large blanket/area rug and oversized pillows and a chair for the reader.
  • • Set up a children’s coloring table with Lorax coloring sheets and crayons so the kids have an activity to do upon arrival.
  • • Serve Lorax inspired cookies and milk boxes, as well as fruit, and other healthy snacks.
  • • Gather the children in the story time area and read the story of the Lorax.

 

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DIY Lorax-Inspired Cookies

Ingredients
  • 1 dozen circle shaped sugar cookies
  • Vanilla buttercream frosting
  • 12 Lorax inspired fondant toppers
Directions

Make sugar cookies using the sugar cookie recipe below – cut out in a circle, make sure your circle cookie cutter is at least the diameter of the fondant topper.

While cookies are cooling, make the buttercream frosting. Place a dollop of frosting on top of each cookie. Top with Lorax inspired fondant topper. It’s that easy!

Makes: 1 dozen cookies

 

Basic Sugar Cookies

Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Directions

Cream butter and sugar in mixer. Mix in egg and vanilla.

Mix in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar just until combined.

Divide dough in half and form into balls. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly flour your “dough rolling” surface (whether it’s your cleaned counter top or another surface you use for rolling dough).

Roll out balls of dough to approx. ¼” thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out your cookies. Roll up scraps into a ball and repeat process. If dough gets too warm, return to refrigerator.

Place on cookie sheet and bake just until bottom is golden brown, approx. 8 minutes.

Cool a few minutes and then transfer to cooling rack. When completely cool store in airtight container.

Makes: 4-5 dozen cookies

 

Buttercream Icing

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
Directions

Cream shortening and butter in mixer. Add in vanilla.

Add powdered sugar one cup at a time until thoroughly combined.

Add milk 1 Tbsp. at a time until icing is the right spreading consistency.

Add desired food coloring. If making a few different colors, divide icing into several different containers.

Use immediately or cover until ready to use.

Makes: Approximately 3 cups

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