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Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. Smarty was never a big fan of an original Gingerbread Man story, and she didn't care much for Jan Brett style at that age, but overall she enjoyed this book, especially its happy end. I, on the other hand, thought that Gingerbread Baby was super naughty and deserved what was coming to him. As a story stretcher, I printed an outline of a Gingerbread Man, and Smarty “decorated” it with stickers. Interestingly, she was not thinking of decorating him with clothes. She wanted to make skeleton out f stickers, but got stuck on the heart. The heart was growing out of the paper and eventually Smarty declared that it’s not heart, it’s his intestines, and below intestines there is his bladder. Can’t you tell that someone was looking at too many Human Body books? At this point she ran out of steam and declared the project completed.
As another story stretcher, we did our first foray into making gingerbread cookie dough from scratch. It’s a good thing that we didn’t have time to make actual cookies yesterday, because it turned out that we don’t have a cookie cutter shaped as a gingerbread man. Smarty was absolutely engrossed in making a dough – measuring and mixing very diligently. But she declared the dough “spicy”, and, as I recall, she did not care for cookies. She does like gingerbread sweets now as a 9 year old, but she developed a taste for them later.
Gingerbread Arts and Sensory Projects
- Preschool group setting gingerbread house from PreK Pages
- Gingerbread Christmas ornament from Preschool Inspirations
- Gingerbread Playdough from Kitchen Floor Crafts
- Stained Glass Gingerbread House from The Educators’ Spin on It
- DIY Christmas ornament from brown paper of felt from The Educators’ Spin on It
- Cinnamon Clay Gingerbread Man Ornament from Miss Mae’s Days
- Preschool group setting gingerbread men with a DIY puffy paint from Toddler Approved
- Baby’s First Craft – gingerbread ornament from Adventure in a Box
- First Grade Gingerbread House from Grade Onederful
- Scented Sandpaper Gingerbread Ornament from Happy Hooligans
Your TurnDo you have a favorite gingerbread story or a craft?
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