Tot School: Gingerbread

This time of year is so crazy busy, but I'm happy to report that we had a great Gingerbread themed week of tot school last week. And we have all sorts of Christmasy Tot School fun going on for the next 2 weeks so stay tuned for that!
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Here were our plans for Gingerbread Week:

And here is what we actually did:

Our favorite gingerbread books for the week were:
The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schmidt
The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst
The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup
Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires

Gingerbread Stamping:
Painting with cookie cutters is a super easy low prep activity.  Pour red and brown paint onto paper plates then use a cookie cutter to dip and stamp.
 Cut Paper Gingerbread:

We are trying to incorporate scissors more and more each week, so this week I printed a gingerbread outline and had Madelynn cut small pieces of paper to fill and decorate her little guy.
 Gingerbread Play Dough:
We spiced up our play dough routine with these little gingerbread guys to decorate.

 Catch and Sort Gingerbread:
For this gross motor game, we started with the same gingerbread cut outs that we used for play dough all in a pile on the floor. At the other end of the room I placed 3 different sized baskets for sorting: large, medium and small.  Then we chanted "Run, run as fast as you can, you cant catch me I'm the gingerbread man!" and Madelynn raced back and forth to grab a gingerbread man and sort it into the correct basket. She even did a few extra laps around the house just for fun pretending that her gingerbread guys were running away.
 Gingerbread Hokey Pokey:
This was probably my favorite activity of the week because Madelynn was just cracking me up with her silliness. I printed some buttons and cut out gumdrops from colored cardstock and taped them on Madelynn's hands, feet and tummy. Then I played the hokey pokey and instead of saying "right hand, left hand, etc." I said "orange hand, yellow hand, etc." Much easier for a toddler that doesn't know left and right!
 Gingerbread Snacks:
I kept out snacks simple this week, although we did also so one of those store bought gingerbread houses for a little family fun after dinner one night too.  First we made mini gingerbread cheese cutouts to top our crackers.  Madelynn is pretty good at helping make these since its just like cutting out play dough shapes.  Next we made gingerbread house/man peanut butter toast.  After toasting the bread I cut out the shapes, then Madelynn spread them with peanut butter. And last I made a snack mix with pretzel sticks, marshmallows, m&ms and cheerios.  I showed Madelynn how to make a gingerbread house, then she played and built her own.
 Gingerbread Sensory Bin:
In this sensory bin: Rice, gingerbread men cutouts, pom poms, buttons, pipe cleaners, bells.
  Gingerbread Sorting Bin:
In this sensory bin: Rice, gingerbread men cutouts, pom poms, buttons, pipe cleaners, bells and sorting trays.

 Gingerbread Sensory Bin:
Warning this bin gets super messy, but is lots of fun! 
In this sensory bin: 5lb flour, 1 carton salt, 3T each all spice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, sorting trays, gingerbread cut outs, measuring cups and spoons.


That's it for this week, here is what we are currently working on for our 2 week Christmas theme:


And the themes that will be coming soon:
And if you want to catch up on our past Tot School Plans, you can find them all here:


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