We literally added a little spice to our playdough this week. Allspice that is, along with some cinnamon and nutmeg to make it smell a little like gingerbread. We have a time tested microwave playdough recipe that we use:
1 cup plain flour
½ cup salt
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 cup water, with a few drops of food colouring added if desired
Beat all ingredients well, removing all lumps.
Place in a large covered microwave dish.
Cook on high for 4-5 minutes checking every minute or so.
Stir into dough while hot and kneed into a ball when cooled
I didn’t have any brown food colouring so I just added a teensy bit of black, a little blue, some red and a load of yellow. It came out this really nice orangey brown colour that was almost a perfect gingerbread man colour. We placed the playdough on the activity table with some gingerbread man cookie cutters and rolling pins. The children made cookie after cookie. I saw one girl counting how many cookies she had created. There was a a lot of fine motor action going on; rolling, kneading, cookie cutting and button making.
On another activity table we were creating some paper gingerbread men from brown card. We had photocopied an outline onto the card for the children to cut around. This was quite a difficult task as there was a lot of turns to manoeuvre. The children are becoming proficient at the correct scissor grip and staying on the line when cutting though.
After they had cut around the gingerbread man shape the children drew on facial features and added some precut buttons. We used white paint to paint on an icing edging around our men. We displayed our completed gingerbread men along with the following poem about the gingerbread man.
Download the Gingerbread Man poem here: Gingerbread man poem