Life Size Gingerbread House Before And After
A very generous parent donated this cute playhouse to our class.
The playhouse stayed in the closet for a few days while we decided where and when to set it up. On the big day it hit me to assemble it inside out!
This is the story, all about how my life got flipped, turned inside out!
It was a little tricky at first. The instructions were clear enough but turning the folds in the opposite directions didn’t always make sense. I persisted and had it assembled in under an hour.
The Big Reveal The big reveal! The children had a great time decorating this cute house. Hopefully it will hold up and we can use it again in the spring. The outer (now inside) is printed with butterflies and flowers. I saved the box so we can stash it for the long winter.
Want a life size gingerbread house for your kids this Christmas?
This is a story all about how my life got flipped…turned inside out. lol
One of my preschooler’s generous parents gave us a playhouse like this.
So it stayed in the closet for few days while we decided where and how to set it up. On the big day it hit me to assemble it inside out! I put the thing together with the cute printed part on the inside so the out side is brown, like a real gingerbread house. It was a little tricky at first but remembering that all the folds go the opposite way got easier as I went along.
My previous post was all about our flat gingerbread house display. Those pics were actually last year’s project. This house arrived just in time that we hadn’t begun assembling that yet.
The decoration phase has begun. Gum drops and peppermint candies are ready. Next week we’ll also make marble paint candy canes, and spin art lollipops for our Gingerbread House.
In the mean time, while small groups are working on their decorations others will be inside the gingerbread house with crayons coloring in the preprinted pictures.
Not entirely confident but I’m hoping the house will hold up and be reusable next year.
Next post will be after pics! Stay tuned.
No matter how fast you run you can’t catch the Gingerbread Man! We’re turning our classroom into a gingerbread classroom! I’ll keep updating as we go. This is part of out Christmas celebrations. We also celebrate Hanukkah and Kwanzaa so watch out for those posts as well.
Begin with the traditional story book. Read other versions and have a discussion about the similarities and differences.
Raisins, buttons, ribbons, glitter, and a little “teacher glue” (tacky glue). Free pattern on Printables!
Free Pattern On Printables!
You’ll need an old turntable or lazy Suzan. You might be able to use a spin art kit if you have one handy. These are just paper plates. You can do it without poking a hole in the middle just tape the plate to the turn table. Turn it on and let it spin. The kids can use 2 or 3 different colors of paint. When the paint is dry we add tongue depressor stick and wrap in cellophane.
Homemade Gingerbread Cookie Recipe.
This is an for pic of our gingerbread house. This was achieved with paper plates cut around the edges. And boarder strips flipped to their white side. I’ll get an after shot when we’ve got it all together!
This is the beautiful 3D actual gingerbread house from Inner Child Fun we’re trying to copy.
We wish all of our readers Happy Winter Holidays, whatever, however, wherever you celebrate. Lots of these winter holidays include some type of gift giving traditions. The concept of giving is important for children to learn and practice!
We started with a few small empty gift boxes, squares of wrapping paper, and transparent tape at the table. We worked with small groups and helped when needed. The teachers talked with the children about who they wanted to give a gift to. We discussed that these were pretend gifts and had no toy inside. Each child enjoyed giving and receiving the “gifts”. The next day we put all the wrapping supplies in the sensory table. The children had the skills to work almost completely independently though some still had difficulty with the tape. This was great fun for all. We hope your children can can learn the art of gift giving too!
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Gingerbread Man by Brother’s Grimm
Gingerbread Man by Nancy Nolte
Gingerbread Man by Golden Books
Cool Gingerbread Man Video by Jack Hartmann at Harry Kindergarten
Kids can decorate & re-decorate trees if you offer mini trees and safe ornaments.More than one is a must!