Sunday, December 11, 2011

Cricket Corner Update...Gingerbread Babies!

December 5-9

We had so much fun reading the Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett, that we just HAD to have our own gingerbread babies in the classroom! 

So, we played with gingerbread play dough all week long!  At the end of the week, we made gingerbread babies and baked them in the oven.  When they came out, we strung yarn through the holes and hung them on our tiny classroom tree...gingerbread baby ornaments!!

Lucky us, we have MORE gingerbread play dough left!  We'll make a few more ornaments on Monday.  I can't wait!  The smell as the gingerbread play dough is baking is WONDERFUL! 

The children also helped "decorate" our tiny classroom tree!  We used many chenille pipes (glittery ones and soft ones).  We bent them into shapes and twirled them onto the tree!  The gingerbread babies fit right in on that tiny tree! 

And, did you know, while we're playing with our play dough, we are working all those muscles in our hands needed for writing!  We're squeezing, rolling, pinching and pulling.  We're working on fine motor skills by pulling off tiny play dough pieces and hiding them in play dough toys!  We're enjoying the sensory smell of gingerbread!  We're working on communication and language and we're remembering and relating our play to the Gingerbread Baby book that we loved so much.  Finally, we're working on sharing, turn taking and cooperation with play dough toys! 

This past week we also enjoyed listening to the silly book The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell!  We worked on imitating the sound for the letter "J".  We did the Weather Rhythm song and movements.  We explored our new "spools" outdoors and we danced, tumbled and ran in the gym!

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