Sunday, 5 January 2014

The Gingerbread Girl

Last year many of our kiddos experienced the Gingerbread Man running away from our students after we baked him.

Again this year, we read several of the "Gingerbread" character stories and chanted the various refrain during the rereading of each book.

As we read, some of our Butterfly kiddos questioned whether this year's cookie would also run away to the library as in the past year. This sparked several stories amoung  the kiddos during playtime.

On the Wednesday before the holiday break, I brought in all the ingredients needed to make a gingerbread cookie. The kiddos were intrigued by the various ingredients and several of the measuring tools needed to create our cookie mixture.
Ingredients to make a Gingerbread Cookie.
Mixing the butter, sugar, eggs.

We had lots of oral talk around words like: dough, mixing, stirring, teaspoon and tablespoon, cup and 1/2 cup. Many of the kiddos were really intrigued by the molasses. (Honey from black bees????)

First we washed our hands
and talked about the ingredients.

Adding the eggs.
 Together we took turns adding ingredients, and mixing the dough. Finally it was time to shape the gingerbread cookie. After a brief conversation, it was decided that we should make a Gingerbread Girl as the Man ran away last year and maybe if we made a Girl she wouldn't run.
Mixing the flour to make dough.

Using the teaspoon to add the
baking powder.

Adding the candy decorations.
She tasted good!
In she went, and to our surprise, she too ran away. Many of the kiddos, thought to check out the library where the Man had run last year. No such luck - she wasn't there. We searched and searched the school and asked several teachers to no avail. Then upon entering the office to talk to the Principal, low and behold there she was reading the book about the Gingerbread Girl.

We took her back to our classroom and each had a piece to taste. YUM! She was delicious.

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