I just love the holiday season with little ones at home. Every year we make a gingerbread house together, and yes I totally buy the store bought kit, because frankly no one is eating that thing anyways, right?…Well except for handfuls of candy while decorating of course 🙂 This week was full of all kinds of gingerbread themed learning and fun!
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And here are the details for each activity:
Gingerbread Baby Retelling:
Our first story was Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. We started by reading the story. After reading I gave Madelynn 7 pictures from the story with simple sentences underneath. We read through them all together and then I prompted her to find what happened first, second, third, etc. She then glued them to her page in the correct order to retell the story.
Gingerbread Man Characters:
Our next story was The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schmidt. Before reading we discussed and defined characters.
Gingerbread Girl Retelling:
Our next story was The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst. We started by reading the story. After reading I gave Madelynn 7 pictures from the story with simple sentences underneath just like we did with Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. We read through them all together and then I prompted her to find what happened first, second, third, etc. She then glued them to her page in the correct order to retell the story.
Our next story was Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires. Before reading, we practiced answering questions and making predictions.
Madelynn: “Run away from all the hungry characters.”
She is still making very basic predictions initially, but I love that she is starting to use the vocabulary that we have been talking about each week, like characters.
For our journal this week Madelynn chose to draw and label a gingerbread house. She also added a little gingerbread girl for her house. I encouraged her to label each item so she wrote H and W for house.
This game was really easy to prep and fun to play. To prep, I printed numbered gingerbread boys, then set out brown play dough, a rolling pin, a mini gingerbread boy cutter, and a baking sheet. Madelynn chose a card and identified the number. Then she rolled out brown playdough, used a mini gingerbread man cookie cutter to make the correct number of cut outs and put them on a baking sheet. We repeated with each gingerbread boy number card with numbers 1-10 to fill the entire baking sheet.
Count and Build Gumdrops:
Then she counted out that number of gumdrops and used toothpicks to build a gumdrop house. Wwe repeated until her house was complete. While building we talked about the different shapes she was making and any patterns we saw.
Gingerbread Number Mats:
This project turned out so ute and was even easy enough for my 19 month old to join in. First I cut brown tissue paper into squares, printed gingerbread face cut outs on colored cardstock, and
mixed 1/4 cup white glue and 1/4 cup water together. Madelynn used watered down glue to paint a paper plate. Then she stuck brown tissue paper squares to the glue and painted over them with more watered down glue. We allowed the plate to dry then glued white string around the rim of the plate for icing and red string for a mouth. Finally we finished it off with the paper shapes for eyes and a bow.
Our science activity this week was a simple STEM activity. I set up a tray with a gingerbread boy, aluminum foil rectangles, straws, pipe cleaners, and rubber bands. Then I filled a small bin with water. Madelynn used the materials to build a boat for the gingerbread boy so he didn’t get eaten by the fox.
For this craft I made a batch of puffy paint, by mixing equal parts of shaving cream and white glue. Then I added brown food coloring, a few drops at a time until I got a nice gingerbread color. I printed a bunch of gingerbread outlines on cardstock. Madelynn painted them with the puffy paint and added buttons, bits of yarn and googly eyes to complete her gingerbread boys and girls.
Gingerbread Sensory Bin:
In this bin: brown paper shred, gingerbread pan and cut outs, pom poms, buttons, pipe cleaners, and jingle bells
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