Gingerbread Fun!


Run, run as fast as you can!  You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!
I'll run and I'll run, with a leap and a twirl.  You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Girl!
 
We had some gingerbread fun in our class last week.  Here's what we did:
 
Here's the bulletin board display that I set up to go with our Gingerbread Friends Dramatic Play Center.  The candy canes are made out of pool noodles!  My sister helped me make these.  We opened up a wire hanger and stuck it in, bent them into the right shape and then hot-glued ribbon around.  The garland is just pom poms glued onto ribbon and the giant candies are Styrofoam craft circles that I painted and wrapped in plastic.
 
 
Here's a tutorial for a fun little craft we made: 

We also made gingerbread boy & girl ornaments.  They're SUPER EASY!
The ingredients are simple - cinnamon, applesauce and school glue. 
You also need a cookie cutter, straw and some decorations.
 
Directions: 
Mix together 1 cup cinnamon
1/2 cup apple sauce (the size of a single-serving cup)
1/4 cup school glue (I used Elmer's)

This is what it will look like as a dough.  Just roll it out to your desired thickness. 
I like a little more than 1/4 inch thick.  Then use your cookie cutter to cut out your shape.  Get creative...you don't HAVE to use a gingerbread shape!

After I rolled and cut them out, I used a small straw to make a hole in the top so that I could hang them as ornaments.  This is the only time you can make the hole.  Once it dries, you can't do it.
 
Here's a few different ones that we made in my class.  I gave the kiddos buttons to push into the wet dough.  I helped them with the glitter glue and they also got to choose some google eyes for their ornament.  We just used yarn through the hole in the top to hang it.

Here's one I brought home and hung on my tree.  It smells good enough to eat (but don't!!!) and looks so pretty too!


We also made edible "gingerbread" boys and girls.

We used Oreos for the head (the vanilla ones), Vienna fingers for the body, arms and legs.  Then they decorated them with frosting, sprinkles, snow caps and M&Ms.  Yes...they are made of WAY too much sugar.  The good news is that these were made with the parents there as part of a parent activity.  They were more fun to make than eat too.  The kiddos took a bite or two and were done, so it all worked out!
 
Have a gingerbread day!
 
Love,
Kristin