We made a gingerbread man in preschool

We made a gingerbread man in preschool

As we continue to explore the Five Senses of Christmas we had fun with our sense of taste (and smell) as we had a little Gingerbread man fun!

To kick start our Gingerbread fun, we read “The Gingerbread Loose In School” by Laura Murray….

This book was about a Gingerbread man that the children made in their class but when they went outside to play, the Gingerbread man was left behind to dry. The Gingerbread Man didn’t like being left behind and went off looking for the children throughout the school….

We used flour paint to decorate our houses and men. To make the paint, I used…

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 tsp salt
  • Food Color
  • Water
  • And Ginger seasoning to add a little ginger smell!
I mixed all the ingredients together and added enough water to make a paste with the flour. I filled squeeze bottles (that I bought from Walmart – next to the spatulas and other cookware) with different colors of the flour paint…

The children used the flour paint to decorate their houses and gingerbread men. We talked about making dots and lines but some of the children still preferred to make puddles:) …

After each child completed their gingerbread or house, I would pop it into the microwave for about 1 minute (more or less depending on how much paint they added)…

Every child’s gingerbread man and house turned out different….

Some children used lots of colors and others chose to use only one…

Some of the children asked to make another set – I happen to have a few extra cutouts on hand so I let them have at it…

If I wouldn’t have had extra, they could have always used the flour paint on a construction paper house and man shape instead…

Once the children had completed their gingerbread man and house, I poked a hole (with a small screwdriver) in the top of each and added yarn….

That night, I hung them on the children’s hooks. What a sweet addition to our classroom!  I could have looked at them hanging there all day but they all went home the very next day…

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  • Pam Posted December 5, 2011 11:30 pm

    Yea! My kids will love this- thanks for the idea! We definitely will try this soon. They have been obsessed with the Gingerbread Baby book by Jan Brett- so this fits right in! 🙂 (I also love how they look hanging on the coat hooks!)

  • Esther Posted December 5, 2011 11:34 pm

    My daughter would love it! I was looking for a cool idea of gingerbread man decoration! Thanks for the idea, we will surely give it a try!

  • The Iowa Farmer’s Wife Posted December 5, 2011 11:44 pm

    This is great! Wish I’d seen it last week!!! We did gingerbread men for our preschool last week. These are great! Pinning!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 6, 2011 12:00 am

    Haha – thank you Pam! I haven’t seen your Gingerbread Babies! I better pop on over!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 6, 2011 12:00 am

    And I LOVE your birthday cake card!! Super cute!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 6, 2011 12:01 am

    Oh no!! Maybe you can sneak it in:) Gingerbread follow-up week:)

  • Diana Posted December 6, 2011 6:34 am

    How ironic – this our art project for today! I was poking around looking for the exact recipe for puffy paint when I came across your post! Cant wait tod do this with my kiddos!

  • Paula Posted December 6, 2011 8:49 am

    How did you cut the gingerbread men and the houses out of cardboard. It looks like corrugated. Love your site BTW! Have a great day and a Merry Christmas!

  • Melissa @imaginationsoup Posted December 6, 2011 9:18 am

    Love those squeeze bottles and how each child was so engaged!

  • Little Wonders’ Days Posted December 6, 2011 9:45 am

    Oh my goodness, you just keep coming up with the cutest ideas! Love this.

  • Susan Case Posted December 6, 2011 10:35 am

    Congratulations on the Edublog Award Nominations! I’m voting for you.

  • [email protected] Art Posted December 6, 2011 12:17 pm

    I love these! I have a lot of cardboard. We have gingerbread decorating on our activity calendar, this would be a perfect alternative to making cookies 🙂

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 6, 2011 12:41 pm

    I cut them all out of a plain old box using a pair of scissors:) Merry Christmas to you too!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 6, 2011 12:42 pm

    Thank you so much Susan:)

  • maryanne @ mama smiles Posted December 6, 2011 3:28 pm

    I love the squeeze bottles with the homemade paint for this activity! The gingerbread people and houses look great!

  • Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum Posted December 6, 2011 3:33 pm

    What a lovely idea – I especially like the use of flour paint. My husband was asking what he could do with J this week and I think this is a perfect idea. Thank you for sharing.

  • Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam Posted December 6, 2011 4:05 pm

    I love this idea because we have already made gingerbread cookies and my daughter keeps asking to make more gingerbread men but I don’t want more cookies in the house because we both have consumed enough sugar to last us until the New Year. 😉

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 6, 2011 5:22 pm

    Well these are great because they are fat free, sugarless, and half the mess:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 6, 2011 5:23 pm

    Ah, I would love to see your husband painting with J! That’s awesome!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 6, 2011 5:23 pm

    They were super fun and the homemade paint makes it nice because you don’t worry about them overusing it so much!

  • Laura (The SEEDS Network) Posted December 6, 2011 5:35 pm

    Flour paint!? What will you think of next?! Love It!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 6, 2011 6:15 pm

    Thanks Laura – we had the best time with this activity!

  • critters and crayons Posted December 6, 2011 11:18 pm

    Good idea to make the paint smell like ginger!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 6, 2011 11:36 pm

    Thank you:)

  • Sarah @ Frugal Fun for Boys Posted December 7, 2011 3:35 pm

    What a great idea! And, I wonder if using those squeeze bottles would fulfill my sensory-loving 2 year old’s urge to squeeze out toothpaste, ketchup, etc.? It’s worth a try!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 7, 2011 7:17 pm

    Haha – my students love squeeze bottles!

  • Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree Posted December 7, 2011 11:03 pm

    Love gingerbread men. I’ll be posting some soon too!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 7, 2011 11:32 pm

    I can’t wait to see yours!

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