Saturday, December 10, 2011

Gingerbread Crazy! (And a Gingerbread Freebie or Two!)

We made two fun Gingerbread crafts this year I wanted to share!  Because they are super cute and have a little bit of spin that I have not seen before! 

First is these cute Gingerbread Ornaments for our parents.

1.  Mix 3/4 cup apple sauce (plus a dash more) and 1 cup cinnamon with about two tablespoons of  glue.  I would suggest buying 2 of the tall Cinnamon's and 2 of the large jars of apple sauce.  That should get a classroom of about 30 very easily. 

2.  Knead the dough.  It's important that there is NO creases or folds in the dough.  You definitely have to work it.

3.  Roll it out onto wax paper. 

4. Then stamp with a gingerbread cookie cutter.  Poke a hole with a toothpick for the string.

5.  And lastly place to dry. They will have to dry for several daysTurn them over every half day or so.  I would also suggest prewriting your students names on the wax paper so you know whose is whose!

6.  Decorate with students' faces, hot glue works best.  Ribbon hot glued through the ornament's hole, a sequence, and anything you want to add!  Make adorable holiday gifts that will smell delicious for years!

We will wrap them by putting them in brown paper bags with just regular old paper towels to keep them protected.  We will write on the backs of old Christmas cards I collected from last year, staple them together and they are ready to go!  (The trick is to ask for them now so no one throws them away before they return from break... and save them for next year!  The kids also love using these cards in the writing lab!)

Next is the gingerbread men we made for a Gingerbread Man Exchange.  We made just regular old gingerbread men... cut out clothes and other trinkets for them.  I let them cut patterned paper to do this part.  I even set out tracers of close so the kids could put pants etc on them.  The fun part was when the students put the glue on, I let them sprinkle cinnamon on the glue directly so they smell AMAZING!  I know the kids who get them are going to love them!  This was the best picture I took without a student in it. 

Essentially how they were made use I gave the students this copy AND a brown piece of paper stapled together.  I showed them how to cut both pieces so they got the brown paper with no image on it (but you very easily could just copy it onto brown paper and tell them to use the back to make theirs.)  then I gave them a half sheet of pattern paper to cut as they wanted, buttons, and small pinch of cinnamon in a Dixie cup, and of course wiggle eyes!  I basically let them get creative... some came with tie's and others had watches on, and others wore dresses.  This kids really had a ball!  (Sorry I could not post more creative pictures, I took pictures with their gingerbread men for our scrapbooks not thinking.)  Click the image of the gingerbread man to get your free copy to place over the brown paper!

Also, don't forget you can get your Free Academic Gingerbread Houses Activity!  Have students build graphs then use those graphs to build their milk carton gingerbread houses!   It's a great academic twist to that fun project many of us have had taken away!  Click the image below to grab it if you have not done so yet. 

And also a Gingerbread Man Colors and Positional Word Practice Book.  This kids love this as they manipulate the gingerbread many "inside the red hot oven" or "next to the blue river" or "below the blue bird."  Click either image to check them out.

Students will actually move the gingerbread man into the oven 
(you attach the front door to the oven to the books!)

And I also have two supplemental products as well... Gingerbread Math Centers - students spin a spinner (or they can roll a dice or pick cards from a bag) to determine how many candy's to put on a gingerbread house.  It's very similar to the project, just in a game/center they can play for the next few weeks!  

OK that's all for today. 


1 comment:

  1. oh, how cute is that ornament! So many fun ideas to share here! Would love for you to share on the Sunday Showcase - (open thru Thurs)