January -- Week 1
16 months -
2 1/2 years
SPECIAL TOYS & GAMES BIBLE LANGUAGE MONDAY Tell The Gingerbread Man story with these props, or The Gingerbread Man (by various authors), or The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Bret. Act out The Gingerbread Man story and
Run, run, run!.
"The Lord looks on the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7
Solomon Makes a House for God, page 66
Tell this story while building a "temple" out of blocks.
Sign Language: Fast
Run, run as fast as you can!
You can't catch me
I'm the Gingerbread Man.
You can run in the morning
You can run in the night
But you can't catch me
Un huh, that's right!
TUESDAY Cut out a Gingerbread Man from heavy paper for each child. Paint with white glue and sprinkle with cinnamon, ginger or other spices. Add facial features, buttons and other decorations. Play Hide the Gingerbread Man: Hide gingerbread men cookie cutters for the children to find and explore. (Or add the cutters to your sensory table.) WEDNESDAY Teach all or some of this Solomon Builds A Church Temple lesson and activities from Mission Arlington. With the children, build Solomon's Temple out of Duplos. Illistrate how there are three sections in the Temple. THURSDAY As a class project or individually, Make a Gingerbread Man Doll Chain using this pattern from DLTK-Kids and decorate. Act out The Gingerbread Man story with puppets (or stuffed animals) of the animals. Practice until the children can act out the story. FRIDAY Play with Gingerbread Play-Dough (recipe below). Add gingerbread cookie cutters, rolling pins and a cookie sheet. Color and decorate this Gingerbread House from Making Friends. Use Fruit Loop-type cereal to glue on after the house is colored with crayons and/or watercolors. SNACKS & ALTERNATE ACTIVITIES Snacks
Graham Cracker Houses
Combine: 2 c. flour, 1 tbsp ground ginger, 1 c. salt, 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, 1 tbsp ground cloves, 2 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 tbsp ground allspice, and l c. water in a large bowl. Mix together well and knead them until smooth. Store the dough in airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.
Cut sandpaper into a Gingerbread Man shape. Scribble on the sandpaper with a cinnamon stick. Punch a hole and add yarn for hanging.
Gingerbread Man Fingerplay
Stir a bowl of gingerbread (stir as in a bowl)
Smooth and spicy brown
Roll it with a rolling pin (roll as if with a rolling pin)
Up and up and down
With a cookie cutter (pretend to cut cookie)
Make some little men.
Put them in the oven (put pan in the oven)
Until half past ten.
Make a simple Gingerbread House: Using graham crackers, glue them with frosting to make a house. Decorate the house by gluing (with frosting) candies.
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