Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gingerbread House

Create-a-treat Gingerbread House Kit, Deluxe Model, (Decorative Outer Case As Seen in Picture)

A fun activity to do during the holidays is to make a Gingerbread House. It is a great way to review shapes, sorting, and spatial relationships.  Either purchase a Gingerbread House Kit or use the instructions below from Little Giraffes.

Gingerbread Houses

3 boxes of graham crackers...4 halves for the sides of the carton and 2 halves for the roof...(angle them to make a pointed roof)
1 can of vanilla frosting for each child
1 mini milk carton washed out and taped shut for each.
1 plastic knife
1 solo plastic plate to place the carton on.
Assorted bags of candy to decorate the houses (chocolate chips, gum drops, m & m's, or skittles)
1 bag of coconut for snow
1 bag of spearmint leaves for bushes
1 bag of Hershey kisses for chimneys
Newspaper to cover table

Frost the carton and assemble the house and roof. Decorate the house with candy. Use additional frosting on the plate to make snow and a path to the door. Let them dry over night.

An alternate suggestion is to hot glue the graham crackers to the milk cartons first. It is hard for the children to attach the crackers to the carton anyway, plus it uses so much icing. And, if they don't use very much icing, then when they start putting candy on it, the crackers fall off.  Just don't eat the glue!

If you are not familiar with the Little Giraffes website, it is one of the top preschool/kindergarten sites on the web.  It is filled with wonderful ideas to teach any concept.  Be sure to check it out!

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