- The Gingerbread Man by Karen Lee Schmidt
- Bundt pan (greased and floured)
- Cookie cutters (gingerbread "person" shaped)
- wooden spoons
- two mixing bowls
- chart paper and marker
- ingredients for the gingerbread recipe
Objective: Children will engage in a cooking activity to develop sensory awareness, math, science, and social skills.
In Advance: Make a rebus recipe chart on a sheet of chart paper.
- Read children The Gingerbread Man. Encourage them to join in reciting the repetitive text.
- Invite children to make gingerbread for snack. Show them the recipe and review the ingredients. Discuss cooking safety and hygiene rules (everyone must wash hands) before starting. Invite the group to assist with gathering cooking utensils and ingredients. Encourage children to smell the different spices and to taste the molasses before starting the activity.
- To make the gingerbread, you will need 2 eggs, 1 tsp. allspice, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 tsp. ginger, 1/2 cup molasses, 3 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 cup oil, 1/2 tsp. cloves, 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp. nutmeg, 2 tsp. baking soda, 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1 cup boiling water. Begin by beating the two eggs. Add the beaten eggs to brown sugar, molasses, and oil. Pass the bowl around so that children can take turns blending the ingredients. Engage children in discussions about how the ingredients change as things are mixed together. Talk about the smells and textures. Use language to highlight the concept of senses.
- In another mixing bowl, sift flour; spices, baking soda, and baking powder. Add this to the egg mixture. Have an adult pour in one cup of boiling water. Help children mix the ingredients.
- Pour the mixture into a greased Bundt pan. Ask children to describe what the mixture looks like now that all the ingredients are blended. Why must they place it into an oven? How will the heat from the oven change the batter? Bake at 350 deg F for 30 to 40 minutes. Serve cake warm with milk or another favorite beverage for a delicious snack.
Curriculum Connection: ART/LITERACY
Gingerbread Stick Puppets. Cut out gingerbread-person shapes on brown construction paper. Provide children with markers, crayons, scissors, glue sticks, yarn, construction paper, and fabric scraps to create their own gingerbread person. Glue a craft stick to the back of the finished gingerbread people, leaving a few inches at the bottom to make a stick puppet. Children can use their gingerbread people to dramatize The Gingerbread Man or to create a new version.
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