"A young boy and his mother bake a gingerbread baby that escapes from their oven and leads a crowd on a chase similar to the one in the familiar tale about a not-so-clever gingerbread man."
Gingerbread Mouse by Katy Bratun
"An accident sends Mouse in search of a new home at Christmas time and she finds what seems to be the perfect one inside of a much larger house, but she meets a new friend with a better idea."
1 jumped up and ran away!
Catch me, catch me, if you can.
I run really fast.
I’m the gingerbread man!
Roll it with a rolling pin
With a cookie cutter, (pretend to cut out)
Put them in the oven (place them in the oven)
Four Gingerbread Men
Idea #1: Decorate a Gingerbread House
Read a story above and decorate a gingerbread house. I made my own from scratch but if you don't want the hassle you can either use graham crackers or buy a pre-made kit (If you have an IKEA close by, they have a real gingerbread house kit for $5.99) Here is the recipe I used for the pieces of the house:
4-41/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ground ginger
pinch of cardamom
pinch of nutmeg
Mix the above ingredients and set aside.
1 stick of butter
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup unsulphured molasses
1 tsp cold water
Cream butter, sugar and molasses together. Then add egg, and cold water. Then mix thoroughly. With mixer on low, add flour and spices gradually. Roll dough out with a rolling pin until dough is ¼ inch thick. Cut into desired shapes.
Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Build the house using icing to keep it together. This icing recipe will keep it together like glue, but probably shouldn't be used if you plan on eating it since it has raw eggs in it.
1 lb. powdered sugar
2 egg whites
¼ (more or less) cup water
½ tsp of cream of tarter
Place all the ingredients in the mixer. Begin at low speed, gradually increasing speed to high. Beat icing until it is thick and fluffy. Use right away. I spoon mine into a zip lock bag and cut the corner tip to use as a frosting bag.
Let your child decorate however they want.
Idea #2: Gingerbread boy Scavenger Hunt
- I'm sorry for being knotty, but I had to go to the potty! (hide the next clue in the bathroom)
- My stomach is grumbling just a smidge; so maybe you'll find me in the fridge. (hide the next clue in the fridge)
- My feet are getting tired and red; maybe I'll try out your bed. (hide the next clue in their bed)
- Hey there's no need to rush, I'm just using your toothbrush. (hide the next clue by their toothbrush)
- Ha, ha, ha, you can't catch me, unless you find the right DVD! (hide the paper gingerbread man inside a DVD case)
Idea #3: Sort and Count Gingerbread Cookies
Read one of the gingerbread books and then sort out the cookies in the box of these seasonal Pepperidge Farm snacks. Put all the daddies together, all the mommies together etc... Then count them and find out which pile has the most.
Idea #4: Gingerbread Man writing activity