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December 23, 2015

"Gingerbread" Houses

So what do you do on that very last day before Christmas holiday?  During the afternoon, when the kids can't sit still and are bouncing off the wall because they can't wait until dismissal?  How about building "gingerbread" houses?  At first, I thought my students were too old for this activity, but it turned out that it is a fun, fast and easy way to build them, without the headache of making real gingerbread.  My educational assistant was kind enough to make royal icing while I got the kids ready.

The kids were separated into groups of three or four.  Each group received a bowl of candy, a bowl of icing, plastic knives and plates for everyone. With patience and perseverance, they built their house with 6 graham crackers, then decorated with a variety of candy.  The best part was that since my students are a bit older (Grade 4 and 5), there were no tears if a house crumbled.

Some ate their houses before leaving while others brought theirs home.  I was very impressed with how well this turned out and highly recommend it as an activity even in middle school!

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