Sunday, December 2, 2018

The Gingerbread Baby

The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett is one of my favorite stories to read to my class in December.  If you like to do a gingerbread unit in December, this lesson always adds a little holiday magic to the month!

What if Matti (from the story Gingerbread Baby) dropped off a tray of gingerbread babies for your students to care for?  Well that's exactly what happened in our class! 

After reading the story, my students were so excited when a cookie sheet arrived in our classroom with gingerbread babies all lined up in pink and blue baby strollers! Also included was a letter from Mattie asking us to care for some extra gingerbread babies that he had made. 

The students got to adopt a gingerbread baby

The first thing we did was talk about what to name our babies.  We worked together in interactive writing to make this chart of gingerbread baby names.  They came up with really cute ideas like Cookie, Sprinkles and Peppermint.

 Each student named their own baby, gave it a birth certificate and they even made it a baby book!

I found some tiny little rattles and included them with the package as well.  The students LOVED this activity.  They cared for their babies for two days.  They even took them home overnight with a special letter to parents.  The letter explained that the students should care for their baby, read it a bedtime story and return it the next day to school. 

After a few days of caring for their babies and writing about it's adventures, the students will got a final letter from Matti thanking them for taking such good care of the little Gingys.....and a box of gingerbread cookies as a treat! 

Want to do this with your kids too?  You can grab your copy of  Adopt A Gingy hereOr if you'd can have your kids Adopt An Elf! Both activities will add some fun and magic to your classroom this holiday season! 

Need some more fun gingerbread ideas? Hop over here to see how we compare and contrast stories, write letters to the gingerbread man and make the cutest gingerbread crafts!