Friday, December 3, 2010

Our Week ~ Gingerbread

This week has been filled with gingerbread houses, gingerbread men, gingerbread pirates, lots of fun, and even a little bit of learning thrown in here and there! 


Every year we put together and decorate gingerbread houses.  Aiden did more sampling than assembling!  This year Emily did most of the decorating and I took pictures.IMG_4548

We made a gingerbread pirate crew after we read the book The Gingerbread Pirates



The kids decorated gingerbread pirates and gingerbread people cut out of construction paper.


I made a simple gingerbread counting printable for Aiden.

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Each gingerbread man has a number 1 – 10 (numeral and written) on it.  Emily held Aiden add the correct number of buttons to each gingerbread man.



I cut gingerbread men out of sandpaper and rubbed them with spices (2 with ginger, 2 with cinnamon, and 2 with cloves).  The kids took turns matching the scents.

Then we did a little experiment to see why the gingerbread boy didn’t want to cross the river.  I let the kids guess how long it would take for the gingerbread to start crumbling?  Emily guessed 2 minutes and Aiden said 4 minutes.  It took about 1 minute and 15 seconds for it to completely disintegrate in the water.

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Just for fun we tested a marshmallow, pretzel, nut, and a gingerbread star to see if they would disintegrate.  IMG_4514The results:  the marshmallow got slimy, the pretzel feel apart and of course the gingerbread star became mush.  The winner was the nut!


On of the most exciting things that happened this week was finding a sticky note that Aiden wrote his name on.  AIDEN WROTE HIS NAME all by himself!



Emily has been reading to Aiden everyday during quiet time.  They like to gather all of their pillows and stuffed animals and camp out in the hall.   I absolutely LOVE hearing Emily reading to Aiden!IMG_4492

I hope everyone had a great week!

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Laurie said...

I love the gingerbread theme!! Great week. :)

Kris said...

Love all the gingerbread projects! What a FUN week. And, the picture of your dd reading to your ds is priceless.

Mrs. Whary said...

What a GREAT week! I have some other Gingerbread printables you may be interested in. You can check it out here:

StrongStart said...

We've been doing Gingerbread activities as well. One that your children might like to help us with is helping to find our Runaway Gingerbread Men. They ran away almost two weeks ago to see the world but they said they'd be back before Christmas. Maybe you and your children could send us a story about what a runaway gingerbread would see in your town. Check out my blog to learn more

Unknown said...

Congratulations, Aiden, for writing your name! How exciting! Fun gingerbread week!!

Our Side of the Mountain

The Mom I Want To Be said...

What a fun week! I'm hosting our preschool co-op this week and am excited to add the scented gingerbread men to my plans. Thanks!

What I Did Today said...

I just looooooooooove gingerbread cookies. Maybe I should totally copy and do a gingerbread themed week. The spiced sandpaper ginerbread people are awesome! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!

Katie said...

That looks like a great collection of gingerbread activities.

I found you at Homeschool Creations Preschool Corner.

Anonymous said...

What fun gingerbread activities!! Yay on Aiden's name!! Very exciting!

Jolanthe said...

SO fun!!! Can't wait to do our gingerbread stuff this week and borrow your book.

YEA for Aiden writing his name. :)

Anonymous said...

I love all your ideas! I'm going to have to do some of those. My boys would love it.

Jen U. said...

LOVE it! I am crazy about Gingerbread men. We do something every year with Gingerbread and read the same books. You just gave me some new ideas. Thank you! Where did you get those Pirate cookie cutters? I love those! Thanks for sharing.
~Jen Unsell

Julesmcg said...

This is so great. Thank you!
Julie McGlinchey

Jenni R. said...

Thanks Cindy for the printables and ideas. I know we will have fun with these!

Love and Lollipops said...

Love the sandpaper gingerbread men...what a great idea!

Georgia :)

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