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Gingerbread People

Last week, we read several different stories about gingerbread people.  We read the Gingerbread Boy, Gingerbread Baby, Gingerbread Girl and Gingerbread Mouse.  It was nice to see how the children were able to compare and contrast the similarities and differences within the stories. The story the Gingerbread Mouse is nothing like the other three stories, yet some children were able to tell me that I picked the story to read because the mouse lived in a Gingerbread house while the other three books were about cookies…I was VERY impressed!

During the week, the children were given gingerbread cutouts to paint brown.

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Towards the end of the week, the children were given various materials and were instructed to decorate their gingerbread person anyway they chose.   2013-12-13_10-36-52_666

 

Each individual gingerbread person was its own masterpiece!

 

 

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2013-12-13_10-36-19_427Often we have parents, both current and prospective, make comments about “arts and crafts”. Many parents think we do art projects just because they are cute and fun.  These are true statements, but it’s important to know that there is a great deal of learning going on when doing an art project. Here is a list of some targeted skills with this art project:

  • appropriate grasp with use of a paint brush
  • body parts
  • sensory-touching various textured materials
  • creativity
  • counting

There are so many skills that can be targeted with the use of an art project. Because art is typically so much fun for a child, we do lots of art so they have fun while learning too!

 

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