Today was the first day of our Civil War Reenacting Day for kids. Boys and girls, every one was welcome. For two hours kids and parents got together and brought history to life. It was a lot of fun for me and the kids.
The idea to have a reenacting day for kids was actually my middle child's. He loves history and wants to be a reenactor. Civil War Reenacting can be very expensive and hard for families to make the time commitment that goes with it. We didn't want to stifle his love for history and excitement to share that passion with other kids, so we, my husband and I did our best to make his idea a reality. So, we planned a few days over the next few weeks of Civil War Era activities and food for a wide variety of ages.
One of the things we planned on doing was some cooking, using a Blue and Grey Cookery packed with recipes passed down from the Civil War. Today we made Old Southern Cornbread and Northern Brown Bread. As a bonus one of the families brought fresh milk and we shook it up in a mason jar till it became butter and spread it on our bread. We also had hard tack and a sweet treat, Civil War themed cookie cut outs.
These soldier's caps were very simple to make and the kids were very excited about them.
I used a baseball cap cookie cutter. I made the sugar cookie dough, rolled it out and cut out the shapes.
When I finished cutting out the shapes I cut off the little bump on the top of the hat to make it flat like a soldiers cap.
I baked the caps and then let them cool before I frosted them.
First, I mixed up some royal icing frosting and added a dab of black food coloring to it. It's a gel kind of food coloring. It made it VERY black.
Then, I made the rim of the cap black and let it dry.
Once they were dry, I mixed up some blue frosting and some grey and frosted the rest of the cookie.
When the blue and grey frosting had dried, I took some more of the black frosting, and with a toothpick drew a thin line in the front and added a yellow star to the side. I used one of the soldier's caps we have at home as my guide.
The kids were thrilled with how they turned out and I was thrilled that it made them so happy.
We had such a great day learning through play and enjoying a snack or two with some friends!
Have a blessed weekend!