Is cinnamon a spice that is included in any of your traditional holiday foods? Gooey, fresh-baked cinnamon rolls or cinnamon sugar cookies? A dash of cinnamon on top of your cup of eggnog? This delicious, warming herb can be a favorite in the cold winter months.
This year, the LearningHerbs team has created a Discovering Cinnamon Activity Book so that you and your kids can explore the many gifts of cinnamon.
Did you know the cinnamon spice is the powdered bark of a tropical tree? The most common type of cinnamon available in the United states is Cinnamomum cassia, and it is native to Indonesia. Cinnamomum verum, also called Ceylon cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka. There are over 100 diﬀerent varieties of cinnamon trees, but bark from these two are the most commonly available.
Learning About the Characteristics & Benefits of Cinnamon
When you dive into the activity book with your kids, you’ll learn some of the identifying characteristics of cinnamon trees. You’ll also see some common first aid issues that cinnamon can be helpful for, including helping to relieve sore muscles and toothaches. Some of these might surprise you!
Easy Cinnamon Recipes for Kids
We’ve also included recipes for a cinnamon spice blend and cinnamon potpourri. Perhaps you and your kids will create a new favorite holiday recipe using the spice blend! You can place the potpourri in little dishes around your house just before your holiday parties to add a little extra scented ambiance. Or, maybe your kids would like to put them in decorated jars to give as holiday gifts this year.
Fun Activities with Cinnamon for Kids
You’ll find a word search in the activity book that will help your kids learn some of the characteristics of and uses for cinnamon while having fun finding the hidden words.
We’ve also included a coloring page so you finally will get to meet Zeylani, the cinnamon fairy from my Herb Fairies book series, by coloring him and making a fairy paper doll! Zeylani’s name comes from an older version of the species name of Cinnamomum verum.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cinnamon
What are the health benefits of cinnamon?
We’ll dive more into the health benefits of cinnamon within the activity book, but for now, a few benefits include soothing toothaches and easing sore muscles.
Is cinnamon good to eat daily?
Yes! Cinnamon is a delicious spice to add to our daily meals. I especially love adding it to oatmeal and herbal tea.
How do I use cinnamon?
There are so many different ways to use cinnamon! I mostly just add cinnamon to my food — whether it’s a pinch of cinnamon in my herbal tea or adding it to some of my favorite desserts.
Sharing the Gifts of Herbs
We hope you enjoy this special holiday gift from LearningHerbs. Print and share your Discovering Cinnamon Activity Book as many times as you would like.
If you want to share your passion for herbs with the young people in your life in another fun way, consider Herb Fairies. Herb Fairies is my herbal children’s book series and learning system. Herb Fairies is a fantastic way for kids to dive deep into learning herbs while having lots of fun. Perhaps you can make some baked apples with that cinnamon spice blend for your kids to snack on while they read.
May we all stay healthy, warm, and nourished this winter!