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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gingerbread Ideas

One of my very favorite themes!

I made these last year when we lived in Hawaii. :)

Hubby said they needed a little something extra. LOL


Decorate a Gingerbread Man
Here's a link to a great Gingerbread Man pattern from Disney Family Fun. It prints 2 to a page! There's also a snowman pattern included on the PDF. Here's one with more detail to use as a guide for little ones.  
Print on brown construction paper and let the kids decorate with crayons, yarn, wiggly eyes... You could mix up a batch of colored glue to act as frosting. Just put a few drops of food coloring into each glue bottle. If the glue bottles are too large for little hands, put the glue in these. They are easier to handle. :)
These would look great on a bulletin board covered in foil. "We've got a great batch!"

Gingerbread Man Dramatic Play
Sparklebox has a great set of masks to place in your Dramatic Play area! In fact, they have a whole section of fantastic resources. Click on the pic below and thank me later! :D


3D Gingerbread Houses

This was great fun in my PreK class in San Diego!

Collect milk cartons, rinse, and let dry. Send a shout out to families for plain ole paper plates, canned frosting (vanilla looks like snow), graham crackers, and various candies such as M&Ms, gumdrops, candy canes (miniature), flaked coconut for snow, sprinkles/jimmies, etc. We used craft sticks for spreaders. Oh, and lots of wipes! This project is lots of sticky fun.
Let the kiddos have a ball frosting the cartons, sticking graham crackers to them to make their house, and decorating them however they choose. They work really hard on this and are sooo proud of their creations.
Handy tips:
Spread a little frosting on the bottom of the milk cartons to stick them to the plates.
Give each kiddo their own dollop of frosting on their plate so they can double-dip all they want. Ha! 
If you like, add a little food coloring to some of the frosting set out in bowls to add a little extra color to the projects.  
Be sure you have written the kiddos names on the plate edge beforehand and caution them NOT to cover it up. :D
Break up the graham crackers ahead of time into squares and small rectangles.
Be sure to set out small amounts of each candy rather than bowl-fuls of each type or the kiddos will decorate their houses by the HANDFUL!

Gingerbread Man Easel Art
Making Learning Fun has a cute step by step Gingerbread Man Easel Art How To.

Assessment
Making Learning Fun also made a nice set of number/numeral assessments with a Gingerbread theme. For each correct answer, have the kiddos place a dot sticker or bingo dot the answer. You could also use these for Bingo games if you laminate them or place them in clear sheet protectors.


Gingerbread Playdough
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tsp vegetable oil
pumpkin pie spice, ginger, allspice, nutmeg
cocoa if you want to make it dark brown
Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium to large saucepan. I didn't give measurements for the spices- just keep adding until you get the scent you want. Mix the water and oil together and add to the dry ingredients. Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan. Turn the dough out of the pan and (wearing gloves) knead the mixture until it is smooth. Be careful! It is hot. Allow to cool before storing in an airtight container. Place the dough, along with cookie cutters, rolling pins, cookie sheets, etc. in your fine motor/playdough area.

How To Eat a Gingerbread Man Writing
Be sure to hop over to Mrs. I's Class for her FREE mini unit on How to Eat a Gingerbread Man!

Gingerbread Patterning
Mrs. Wills Kindergarten has a very cute patterning book! FREE! Just scroll to the bottom of the post and click on the picture.

Gingerbread Man One to One Correspondence
The lovely Mama Jenn has made a Gingerbread Man grid game. While you're there, get ahead and download her other holiday themed grid games. :)

Christmas Cookies Number Order and Skip Counting Puzzles
These are on my TPT page. Hop over and check them out. If you like them, please leave some comment love!

Gingerbread Dissolving
Please let me know where I got this from! After reading the story, focus on the page where the Gingerbread Man is on the fox's back as they cross the river and he gets wet. The Gingerbread Man tells the fox he is "melting". Give the kiddos Teddy Grahams (or bake up a batch of Gingerbread men) and cups of milk. Have them dunk the cookies in milk to see if the Gingerbread men really melt. Talk about what the word "dissolve"means. Place one cookie in a clear container of water for students to observe and record (draw) their findings. Time it! How long does it take for the Gingerbread Man to completely dissolve?

That's all I have for now. I have to go to hubby's Holiday Party at work- I honestly forgot it was tonight! Eeek!

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