Gingerbread Man in Disguise

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The week before Christmas break we usually always do the Gingerbread Man. This week I wanted to incorporate something fun into the mini unit. Usually during reading rotations I take just my IEP students for our CIM group lesson. This week I decided to shorten up my groups and take everyone in the class during their word work rotation.

We talked about the different versions of the Gingerbread Man including the Gingerbread Baby and The Gingerbread Girl. We determined that the common theme of all the stories was that the gingerbread did not want to be eaten.

Through group discussions we talked about the different things we might do if we were the Gingerbread Man, Baby or Girl. I introduced the vocabulary term disguise and we talked about some disguises the Gingerbread Man might have so that no one would want to eat him. We researched different disguises online. I did this so the students wouldn’t all have the same looking disguises.

Then came the fun. I gave each child a blank Gingerbread and together we came up with a disguise. I helped by cutting and tracing stuff out (the students told me exactly how they wanted theirs to look). I also had them finish the sentence frame I am not a Gingerbread Man I am a….

Here are the finished products that I hung up on my door and hallway for everyone to see. All I could hear anytime any students were walking down the hall was Oooh, I see Batman. There’s Elsa and so on.

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Next year I think I might send this home as a family project to see what other fun disguises we might have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent gifts for Christmas- Mod Podge Tile Coasters

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Three years ago for Christmas (when my youngest was born in 2012) I had a great idea to make handprint and footprint tiles as Christmas presents for the grandparents. Well, I did one complete set for myself (daughter hands and a fingerprint flower and my son’s 2 1/2 month old feet). I went out and bought a ton of tiles to do this project. When all was said and done with the project I ended up having a complete set for myself and that was it. Life with a newborn and 2 1/2 year old must have been a little crazy at that time 🙂

Fast forward to December 2015 and I am finally getting a chance to really go through some things (mainly because I was looking for my passport since I am going to the Dominican Republic in January) and I come across a Menard’s bag full of ceramic tiles. The light bulb went off then on what I was going to make my kiddos at school for their Christmas present. I remembered seeing an awesome craft on Pinterest where you Mod Podge a picture to a coaster.

So I made a quick little sign that said Kindergarten 2015-2016 and had each student come up and stand in front of the door and I snapped a picture of them. I immediately sent them to Walgreens (using a 40% off coupon) and ended up only paying around 4 dollars for my entire group. After counting the tiles I had lying around at home I only needed 11 more and went to Menards, which had them on sale for 10 cents a piece. I ended up spending around $5 total to make our whole class set of tiles.

I cut the pictures out into 4×4 squares and applied mod podge to the back of the picture and stuck it on the tile. After it was dry I added a layer of Mod Podge on top of the picture and coaster to set it.

I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to do with them. I could put the felt on the back and have them use them as coasters but I thought to myself, If I were receiving this gift from my child would I want to use it as a coaster? The answer was NO. So, I took to Pinterest and found these super easy and cute easels made out of popsicle sticks. I used hot glue instead of craft glue because that is what I had.

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When I handed them out the parents who were at our party absolutely loved them.