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Gingerbread Storytime

There was a lot of holiday activity going on in Lawrence last weekend! The Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, The Ugly Sweater Run, and the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Annual Gingerbread Festival & Auction. To highlight the Gingerbread Festival (only a few blocks from the public library), I thought having a Gingerbread Storytime would be a great way to conribute awareness for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and support their event.

Gingerbread Storytime Lineup:

The Gingerbread Boy illustrated by Paul Galdone

I started off with one of the classic versions of the gingerbread boy. I grew up with a different version so I may have said “gingerbread man” instead of “gingerbread boy” when I was reading aloud. Out of all the books read it was clear the kids like this one the best.

Where is My Gingerbread Man?, song by author unknown

(To the tune of: “Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?”)

Oh where, oh where is my Gingerbread Man?
Oh where, oh where can he be?
He popped out the oven and ran out the door.
Oh where, oh where can he be?

 

Maisy Makes Gingerbread by Lucy Cousins

Maisy Mouse is always a storytime crowd-pleaser. This book was a simple and enjoyable introduction to how to make gingerbread.

Homemade Gingerbread, a fingerplay by author unknown

Stir a bowl of gingerbread, smooth and spicy brow.
(Hold a bowl and make a mixing motion with the other hand.)
Roll it with a rolling pin, up and up and down.
(Both hands out flat facing the floor, move back and forth like when using a rolling pin)
With a cookie cutter, make some little men.
(Pretend to hold a cookie cutter and move it up and down.)
Put them in the oven, till half past ten.
(Pretend to hold a tray and place it in the oven. Then point to wrist.)

 

Gingerbread Mouse by Katy Bratun

A story of a little mouse who is forced to find a new home in the middle of winter and finds the sweetest little house to occupy.

Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup, illustrated by Matt Tavres

I thought this story was hilarious. Pirates and cookies… You can’t go wrong! Captain Cookie sets off on an adventure on Christmas Eve night to find his crew. Little does he know, surprises are in store.

Gingerbread House Craft

To avoid sugar highs and food allergies, I opted for a pretend gingerbread house craft inspired by this gift bag craft. Materials used included: paper lunch bags, scissors, scrapbook paper (constructor paper or cardstock would also work), markers, school glue, glitter, and stickers.

First cut 2-3 inches off the top of the bag. I did this step to all the bags before storytime.

The kids colored and decorated their bags while they were still folded. We used markers…

glue and glitter….

….and stickers!

Once decorated, each child received a square of scrapbook paper. We had this fun holiday scrapbook paper leftover from a gift making program the week before. Again, if you don’t want to purchase scrapbook paper ($$!), construction paper or cardstock will do the trick.

Take the square (4in. x 4in.) and fold it in half.

Open the paper bag and place the folded scrapbook paper on top so that the opening of the bag is closed. We did not seal the top of the bag because we also made paper gingerbread cookie people that the kids kept in their paper bag gingerbread houses.

It turned out to be a really cute and inexpensive craft that the kids have a great time putting together. For kids they were a toy, but  I’d love to make a few a line them up on the fireplace mantel. They’d also be a unique way to wrap a holiday gift.

Speaking of the holidays, do you have any wintertime or holiday crafts you enjoy making? Books you enjoy sharing? Please share in the comments below!

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4 Responses to “Gingerbread Storytime”

  1. Your version is super cute! Thanks for all the gingerbread resources, too!

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