Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Making Gingerbread Men!

Butterfly and I went on another homeschooling field trip adventure with a big group of homeschooling friends to an old 1800's mansion.  The kids took part in some old fashion Christmas crafts.  Butterfly made a tin lantern by poking holes in the shape of a reindeer in a sheet of tin;  and she made a Pomander.  A Pomander is a fruit with whole cloves poked in a design around it, oranges were most commonly used but any fruit could be used, and they give off a fragrant smell.  These were the types of ornaments they used to decorate their Christmas trees with.

Another activity was making real old fashion gingerbread!  This old recipe that we were given is dated over 180 years old.  It contains the spices of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.  Back then, these were special ingredients, as they were very expensive having to bring them overseas, so hence gingerbread only being made once a year during a special holiday season.  We took the recipe home, made a whole batch and shared them with our friends!

Butterfly loved kneading the dough.  With all the spices, it smelled delicious, it smelled exactly like Christmas!

Using the rolling pin is also her favourite.  She took right over.  Butterfly is great at baking!

Daddy got the candies ready and Butterfly went nuts!  Decorating and designing each man!

Ready to go in the oven!

Butterfly and Daddy made me a special Ginger heart with the left over dough.  :)

It was a very yummy family evening snack!  The cookies turn out so soft and never turned hard! Just the way cookies should be!

At the end of this post, you will see the old recipe so you can make some real old fashion gingerbread too!

I put together a Gingerbread craft for Butterfly to use her creativity again.  She loves creating and designing.  So she picked out her decorating materials to make a large Gingerbread Man craft.

This craft was like the one we did last year, but now this year Butterfly is actually designing it to be a person.  Such a difference in her creativity in just a year!

How cute is this!

Additional Gingerbread Man posts:

This year's Gingerbread Muffin Tin Meal!

Here's the Gingerbread Recipe we used and will now probably use every year at Christmas time!

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 tbsp powdered ginger
3/4 tsp baking soda dissolved in water
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
2 cups flour

Prehead oven to 350
Cream butter and sugar together and stir in the molasses
Dissolve the soda in 1 tbsp water and add to butter and sugar.
Sift spices together with one cup of flour and stir into butter and sugar.
Add remaining flour a little at a time until it makes a stiff dough.
Knead a few times until smooth.
Roll out 1/4" thick and cut into shapes with cookie cutter.
Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 5 to 7 minutes. Watch carefully.

Remember, don't open the oven too soon or you're Gingerbread Man and
Gingerbread Baby may run out and you'll have to spend time catching him!  :)

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  1. What fun story books and craft time... now I want a cookie!

  2. Love the tin foil punching. I must try that with my kids sometime :-)

  3. Hi Kylie! It's actually a real piece of tin, a sheet of metal, not the kitchen foil type. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  4. What a very lovely crafty day at your house. I love all of it! The apple, the reindeer, the gingerbread...

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  5. Such a great recipe for kids. I love that she decorated them herself! Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

  6. Super cute ginger bread activities. I'm going to have to borrow some of these.

    Popping in from Preschool Corner.

  7. Aw looks like you and your daughter had a great time with the gingerbread! I can't make them in my house because I eat them all by myself. I'd love for you to share this with my readers for our Fun Stuff Fridays linky party.

  8. @Lindsi B- Done! Thanks for the invite! :)

  9. Oh, I'm going to bookmark this post for your gingerbread recipe! It's simple! And soft gingerbread cookies are the best! My youngest is doing a gingerbread unit so making and decorating cookies will be a blast! Thanks for sharing!

    (And love the cake pops too!)

  10. So no eggs for this recipe? I'm doing this with my prek class!

  11. These are so good. They have become my preschool tradition!


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