One of my favorite weeks during the school year is Gingerbread Week! Each year I do it the week before Christmas and the kids LOVE it! It is filled with TONS of fun gingerbread activities and my favorite activity: making gingerbread milk carton houses! What preschooler doesn’t LOVE using icing, licking their fingers, and building with candy?
I’m here to share with you how I do it in my classroom with 18 kids and some tips and tricks I have learned to make it go smoothly!
After three weeks before Gingerbread Week, I display a sign up sheet so parents can sign up to bring in materials we need to make our gingerbread houses. I brought in Peep marshmallow trees I found at Target. I hope they have them again next year! They were a fun addition to our gingerbread houses this year! You can grab editable sign in sheets and parent reminder notes in my Gingerbread Centers Math, Literacy, and More Pack.
It is also important to save and collect milk cartons. If you don’t have milk cartons, juice cartons work as well. Walmart or maybe your local grocery store has some orange juice single serve juice cartons.
On the morning when we are going to make the milk carton gingerbread houses, I set up everything we will need. If you prep everything BEFORE the activity, it will go smoothly. That is my biggest classroom management technique, always having things prepared and ready to go.
Do you see why the kids and I LOVE making milk carton gingerbread houses? It is a blast and its AMAZING fine motor work too!
I have a ton of gingerbread themed goodies in my store. All the work is done for you so you have time to actually enjoy the holidays with your family. Gingerbread Centers Math, Literacy, and More (included the editable sign-up sheets and parent notes).
You can also the Gingerbread Bundle and get all of my gingerbread goodies including the retelling cards for four different gingerbread books, writing paper, comparison anchor chart pieces, favorite gingerbread book class graph, and more!
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