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GINGERBREAD KIDS

DECORATED GINGERBREAD KIDS
Let your children decorate large gingerbread kid shapes cut from brown paper or poster board. Here are a few ideas.
  • Brush on glue and sprinkle on powdered cinnamon and ginger.
  • Glue on collage materials, such as yarn, rickrack, fabric scraps, and pompoms.
  • Squeeze on white "puffy paint" made by mixing equal parts flour, salt, and water, then adding white tempera paint. Put into squeeze bottles.
GINGERBREAD MAN PICTURES
Read "The Gingerbread Man" to your children. Then give each child a gingerbread kid shape cut from brown paper to glue onto a piece of white paper. Have the children draw pictures on their papers that incorporate their shapes. Later, invite them to show and tell about their pictures.

 
COOKIE COUNTING GAME

Trace around a gingerbread kid cookie cutter on brown paper and cut out 15 shapes. Number five paper plates from 1 to 5. To play, invite your children to place a matching number of gingerbread kid "cookies" on each plate.
 

FLANNEL BOARD COLOR GAME
Cut six gingerbread kid shapes out of brown felt. Divide them into three pairs. Glue red felt buttons on one pair, blue buttons on another pair, and yellow buttons on the third pair. Then place the shapes at random on a flannel board and let your children group the pairs with matching colored buttons together.
 
WATCH ME RUN
Encourage your children to try running in different ways, such as forward, backward, on tiptoe, in pretend clunky boots, and so forth. Then sing the song below and let the children act it out.

Tune: "Jingle Bells"

Watch me run, watch me run
All around the room.
I'm the little Gingerbread Kid.
See me zoom, zoom, zoom,
Running here, running there,
Running fast and slow.
I'm the little Gingerbread Kid.
See how I can go!
Elizabeth Scofield