Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gingerbread Houses & Gingerbread Man Five Senses Freebie

Hi, friends!  Ashley here from One Sharp Bunch.  Are you enjoying the hustle and bustle of the holiday season?  Are your kiddos busy making holiday crafts?  Mine sure are!  Last week, we held our annual Gingerbread House Workshop.

We have six kindergarten classrooms that make gingerbread houses on that day, so we hold our workshop in the hallway.  Our custodian is kind enough to line the hallway with cafeteria tables.  We cover the tables with bulletin board paper and place all of the goodies on paper plates in the center of the tables.

This day wouldn't be a success without the help of our fabulous parents!  We send home a note asking for donations, such as frosting, graham crackers, Fruit Loops, Captain Crunch, Golden Grahams, sugar cones, M & M's, Skittles, candy canes, marshmallows, licorice, gumdrops, pretzels, etc.  We also ask that the students make their gingerbread house structure at home.  They simply cover a cardboard square with aluminum foil and attach a carton using packing tape or duct tape.  Here's a peek at some of the structures that were sent in:

My personal favorite is the structure with the attached garage.  Just a little fyi... the cartons that are cut down work the best.  The bigger cartons take a quite a bit of time to cover and decorate.

Once the workshop is under way, the kiddos begin spreading frosting all over their structures.  Non-whipped frosting works the best, as it is a bit more tacky and helps the "decorations" stick better.  We also like to use a giant craft to stick to spread the frosting, since they are more durable than a plastic knife.

Next, the kiddos use their imaginations to decorate with graham crackers, candy, cereal and pretzels.

I just love the finished products, especially this one with all of the green and red lights!

And this one with the fancy tree and snowman!

And this little guy with all the candy!

You can imagine just how much the kiddos wanted to eat their gingerbread houses, so in the afternoon, we investigated gingerbread cookies using our five senses!  Head over to my blog, One Sharp Bunch, to check it out and grab this interactive FREEBIE!

You could certainly make your own gingerbread cookies, but I grabbed this 30 pack for less than $5 and we had ourselves a fun, yet educational, five senses activity!  Happy Holidays!

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