Gingerbread Theme!

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In The Kitchen

Ginger Bread "Yummy and Warm"

2 eggs
1 tsp. allspice
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 tsp. ginger
3/4 cup molasses
3 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup melted crisco
1/2 tsp cloves
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. pummpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup boiling water

Add beaten eggs to sugar, syrup and melted crisco. Sift dry ingredients and add to egg mixture. Lastly, add boiling water and mix well. Pour into greased and floured bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Snack - have ginger snaps for snack.....

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

GingerBread Cookies

Make ginger bread cookie dough from your favorite recipe ahead of time & have the children roll out the dough & cut out the cookies. Add raisins for eyes & buttons & a red cinnamon candy for the mouth. These are fun to make, yummy & make the house smell wonderful!

~Submitted by Becce in Missouri

Arts & Crafts

Simple Gingerbread House

~Submitted by Christie

Gingerbread Boy "Jumping Jack Puppet"

What is a "Jumping Jack" Puppet? It is a simple hand puppet that can be made to dance by pulling a central string. Pioneer children made Jumping Jacks from scraps of wood, and these puppets were one of the most popular toys in the 1800s.

You can make a simple Gingerbread Boy "Jumping Jack." But instead of using wood, you will use poster board. And you will use a stick to make your puppet jump instead of string. It is a lot easier to make (and operate) especially for younger children. Here's how:

Cut arms, legs and a body from poster board. Use 2 1/2" brass paper fasteners to attach the arms and legs to the body (before you do this - you must punch holes in the arms, legs, and the body using a single hole punch.) Glue a stick to the back of your puppet. Decorate your Gingerbread Boy using glitter, buttons, markers, fabric, yarn. Now your puppet is ready for action. Simply move the stick up and down, and watch your Gingerbread Boy dance around.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Gingerbread House Card

Click HERE to print out and make a really
cute Gingerbread House holiday card.

~Submitted by Becce in Missouri

Gingerbread House Coloring Page

Click HERE for the coloring page.

~Submitted by Becce in Missouri

Gingerbread Person Ornament

What You Need

What You Do:

Mix One Cup Flour, 1 Cup Cinnamon, One Cup Salt, and One cup water well. Roll the dough to about a half and inch in thickness. Then cut out Gingerbread People with a cookie cutter. Place these on a cookie sheet, then punch a hole in them (for hanging). Bake at 350 for about 23 minutes (more for thicker ornaments, less for thinner).

The Project
Now provide your children with paint, ribbon, etc for decorating. This makes a great Christmas gift to parents

Gingerbread Person Ornament II

What You Need

What You Do:

Mix applesauce with enough cinnamon to form a dough.

The Project:
Give your children the dough and cookie cutters. Let them roll the dough and then cut out a gingerbread person shape. Help them make a hole. Now put them aside and let them dry overnight. Now provide your children with paint, ribbon, etc for decorating. This makes a great Christmas gift to parents.

Cardboard Gingerbread Men Ornaments

Squirtable tubes of puffy fabric paint and a blow-dryer were the cardboard gingerbread star attractions of this quick-and-easy craft. We used the paint like icing to decorate our cardboard cookies and found that the containers kept the process surprisingly mess-free, even in the hands of a four or five year old.

Corrugated cardboard
Cookie cutters
X-Acto knife
Puffy fabric paint

STEP 1: Trace around cookie cutters on cardboard, and cut out the "cookies" with an X-Acto knife (a parent's job).
STEP 2: Decorate with puffy fabric paint. Let the paint dry a few hours, if possible, then blow-dry and watch it puff. (Have guests paint at the start of the party, so they can blow-dry before they leave.)

TIP: When you cut out the "cookie," you don't have to cut all the way through the cardboard at once; go over the cutting line a couple of times.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Gingerbread Man

For a gingerbread ornament, cut two 5-inch squares from a brown paper bag and place one on top of the other. Use scissors to cut out a gingerbread man (cut through both layers to create the figure's front and back). Glue cotton batting to one piece. Then, glue the front to the back and trim along the edge with pinking shears. Glue on button eyes and tie on a ribbon bow tie. Poke a hole in the top of the head and tie on a ribbon hanger.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Gingerbread Playdough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tsp. veg. oil
lots of cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, whatever!

DIRECTIONS: Mix the dry ingredients. Play with the spices till you get the scent you want and the color. Mix water and oil together first and THEN add them to the dry ingredients and stir. In a pot, cook the mixture for two to three minutes, stirring frequently. The dough will start to pull away from the sides of the pan and clump together. Take the dough out of the pan and knead the dough until it becomes soft and smooth. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

~Submitted by Becce in Missouri

Home project for The Gingerbread Man

On a sheet of paper draw a gingerbread man (approx. 8x6") Here's what it says to do - This is a fun activity for children and a great way to get the entire family involved. Using the pattern, trace a gingerbread man or woman on a piece of large cardboard - one for each student. Send the cardboard gingerbread person home with the children, along with a note explaining the project. (note to follow) When the gingerbread creations come back to school, take pictures of each one individually. Put the pictures on pieces or oaktag to form a booklet. Give each child a chance to talk about his/her creation. Then send duplicate pictures and the original creation back home. The children love having their parents help with the project, and the results are wonderful and varied. It's also a great time to discuss recycling and making "something out of nothing."

Note to be sent to parents:
Dear Parents, We are sending home a gingerbread man/woman shape for the entire family to decorate. Use your imaginations and anything else that you have sitting around the house. Please return your creation by_________________.
Thank you,_________
Take Care

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Fold and Cut Gingerbread Man (Woman) Chains

Cut the bottom off a paper bag and slit up one size. This will give you a very long piece of brown paper (you could use a regular piece of paper, but your chain won't be as long). Cut a 5-inch wide strip out of the paper (as long as you can make it) and accordion fold it (back and forth, back and forth). Make the folds the width or a bit less than the template pieces. Trace the template piece onto the top fold. Cut out (don't cut the ends of arms or feet or your chain will fall apart!) Unfold your chain and decorate with markers, paints, wiggly eyes, sequins, bits of lace, wool and ribbon or anything else you have on hand. Close the template window after printing to return to this screen. Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).

Templates for Gingerbread Chains <----- click here

~Submitted by Becce in Missouri

Sand-Paper Gingerbread Man

Using sandpaper (medium grit), cut out a gingerbread man for each student. Direct the students to rub a cinnamon stick over the sandpaper Gingerbread Man over and over. Decorate with wiggle eyes, buttons, pom poms, fabric paint, rick- rack, etc. Attach a pin back to wear as a decorative pin or attach a ribbon to hang as an ornament or to use in the closet for a nice fragrance.

~Submitted by Becce in Missouri

Cute Gingerbread Hangings

Cut small gingerbread man cutouts from cardboard or oaktag. Have Children lightly "paint" the entire figure with slightly watered down white glue. Sprinkle with a mixture of ginger and cinnamon. Add raisins for eyes and buttons. We punch a hole in the top and always make a few extra's to hang in a sunny window.

~Submitted by Linda in MA

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Gingerbread People

With the following recipe, they are less likely to break than other recipes which are perfect for the kiddos to get home:

Fragrant Holiday Ornaments:
1 c plus 2 T. flour
3/4 c. cinnamon (I add a teaspoon of ground clove too)
1 c salt
1 c water

Mix this well. At first, you may wonder if you did it right... but work it all together. Roll about 1/2" thick and cut with gingerbread man/woman cookie cutter. Place on parchment paper if you have it. Bake at 350 for approx. 20-25 minutes, depending upon the size of cookies. ~Place a hole in the cookie before baking for hanging. These smell SO great. If they start to lose their fragrance just use an emery board on the back of them.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Gingerbread Puppets

Give the children gingerbread people shapes cut out of construction paper. Let the children decorate their shapes with felt-tip markers. Glue their gingerbread people shapes to tongue depressors to make stick puppets. Let the children talk to each other with their puppets or make up questions for their puppets to answer.

~Totline Books, Theme-A-Saurus

Sensory Art

Have children rub cinnamon sticks on sandpaper cut into gingerbread man shapes--smells just like gingerbread! Expand this to the art area. Have glue and rick-rack, buttons or candy red hots & colored paper scraps for gluing fancy features on the gingerbread man.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Art/Crafts (including sensory)

*place brownish-cinnamon scented playdough in the sensory table with gingerbread cookie cutters of various sizes...don't forget the cookie sheets & rolling pins
*From Mailbox Magazine this sensory activity...have children rub cinnamon sticks on sandpaper cut into gingerbread man shapes....smells just like gingerbread! (To expand this to the art area, have available glue and lots of rick-rack, buttons or candy red hots and colored paper scraps for gluing fancy features on the gingerbread man.)
*A fun sensory project (smell and touch) for preschoolers. Cut out a gingerbread boy or girl from sandpaper. Have children rub a cinnamon stick all over the shape (smells great) and then, if they wish, they can decorate their person using glitter crayons. A hole punched on the top can be used for stringing a necklace, or for hanging. My kids really enjoyed this activity today. Several made both boy and girl gingerbread people, and many made more than one.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Gingerbread People Sand Paper Ornaments

Cut gingerbread people out of sandpaper. Use a cookie cutter. To make these into ornaments for the tree just cut two small VERTICAL slices in the body about 2-3 " apart and weave a candy cane through them. Add some white frosting (white paint) around the edges and you are done. Scrape the paper with a cinnamon stick to add scent.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Gingerbread Buddies

Cut out large gingerbread men out of paper bags and punch holes in them and let the children sew around them and stuff with fiberfill. Decorate with puffy paint & real buttons.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Make a list of foods from A to Z. Have each child color a pattern of the Gingerbread man. On his tummy, it said The Gingerbread Man ran with ________. Then glue on starlight mint eyes drew a smile and outlined him in glitter. In one of his hands we glued the food we wrote about, so for Z the child drew and cut out a zucchini for his hand. Rhyme: Running through the alphabet, eating all he can. You can't catch him, he's the gingerbread man.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Mailbox has a cute sheet with a drawn gingerbread man and you figure out the perimeter and area using things like mini marshmallows and raisins. It would be very easy to make your own!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Make Story Maps

Choose a new place for the story to be set (talk about setting) then they draw it out on large paper, the gingerbread man has to pass at least 3 things. For example, He went to the zoo, he passed the lions, tiger, bears, etc. Then attach a gingerbread man shape to a long string and tie it to the sheet. Then they can move the gingerbread man and share their map.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

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