Sunday, December 5, 2010

Gingerbread Fun

Our gingerbread unit is well underway and we are having a big time learning with all the fun activities. I'd love to bake gingerbread as a class, but due to kitchen space limitations and health department regulations, using the school kitchen is just not an option. One of our parents sent in Little Debbie Gingerbread men for us to use instead.

Our first activity with the gingerbread cookies was to place one in a bowl of water and make predictions about what would happen. Our predictions:
  1. He will break.
  2. He will sink.
  3. He will melt.
  4. The cookie won;t be yummy anymore.
  5. His sprinkles will come off in the water.
Well, he did not break or sink. He did disintegrate, I guess that is like "melting". I didn't taste him, but I'm most positive that he wasn't yummy anymore. His sprinkles did come off, too. An unexpected change was that the color seeped out and sunk to the bottom.

It's a good thing that this took a little time, because I'm not sure any of us would want to eat them after seeing them in the water. We decorated them and ate them for snack. Surprisingly, you can fit quite a few decorations on these little guys! They were pretty and very yummy!!!

I made a batch of gingerbread scented playdough for the friends to use. They've been making Gingerbread men and women all week!

You can even make scented bracelets and rings!


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