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I love exploring the senses of the Season, and one of my favorite senses to explore in December is taste! There are so many sweet treats to taste this month. This Lesson Plan explores Gingerbread, Peppermint, and Hot Chocolate!
I've included inspiration from around the Web! Please be sure to check out the Original Sources for more information or for directions.
Arts & Crafts
You can add all kinds of Scents to your Dough and paint for some added festive fun. Try peppermint, Gingerbread Seasonings, and Cocoa Powder. Demonstrate how to make "Dough Candy Canes" by rolling coils out of Red and White Peppermint dough.
Inspire the senses! For an added treat consider this peppermint play dough recipe and invitation from Funtastic Fun and Learning.
Erica P. of Erica's Educare Learning Center created this fabulous play dough Gingerbread man invitation using cookie cutters, rolling pins, Cranberries, Ric Rac, Cinnamon Sticks, and Fresh Pine. You can find a great recipe for Gingerbread Play Dough from Housing a Forest.
This Hot Chocolate Dough Invitation was created by Erica P of Erica's Educare Learning Center. You can find a greatrecipe for Chocolate Play Dough From Fireflies and Mudpies
Invite the Children to decorate a Gingerbread Man
Naomi G of Play Matters Preschool set out this invitation to decorate a Gingerbread Man using all kinds of fun Holiday baubles.
Erica P. of Erica's Educare Learning Center created an invitation to decorate gingerbread men from a foam sticker ornament set.
Kathy M. of Just like Home Childcare & Playschool Inc. created this adorable build a Gingerbread man invitation using paper gingerbread men and an assortment of decorating items.
More craft ideas ..
Scented Marble Candy Cane Craft from Simple Fun for Kids
Gingerbread Puffy Paint recipe from Growing a Jeweled Rose
There are so many fun ways to incorporate the Sweet Treats theme into your Dramatic Play space this week. You can create a bakery or even a hot chocolate stand!
Encourage your kiddos to bake. Add cookie sheets, Mixing Bowls, Plastic Cookie Cutters, Aprons, Oven Mitts, and Seasonal Cook Books to your dramatic play space. You can cut out fun felt cookies, Laminate Paper Cookies, or encourage the kids to create their own baking Creations.
This set of printable Christmas cookies is available in my Member Download Area. Not a member? Find out how you can join!
The clever dramatic play space is belongs to Daycare Spaces and Ideas community member Amy McMonagle with BuggaBee & Me Day Care and Preschool. Amy has it all ready for the Holiday Season.
If you are up for a DIY project, consider building a Gingerbread house for your Daycare.
This adorable one above was created by Daycare Spaces and Ideas community member, Kristin M. of Apron Strings Daycare.
Our friend Erica P. of Erica's Educare Learning center made this Gingerbread playhouse complete with Frosting (spray foam).
Grab your free copy of my Hot Chocolate Dramatic Play pack here!
Construction Area Ideas
Encourage the kids to build their own Gingerbread Houses from blocks.
Add White Felt snow, Large Pom Poms and Gingerbread People
(Laminate Paper One's, or Purchase Plastic ones for the space) to the space.
Kathy M. scored this fabulous Gingerbread House at her local Goodwill!
What a fun find for the kiddos at Just Like Home Childcare and Playschool.
This Candy Construction Set from Learning Resources would make a great addition to your construction Space! Our Friends at Erica's Educare Learning Center are having so much fun building with this toy!
Printable Activities from Daycare Spaces
Pre-K Printables Club members have access to Sweet Treats Printable Activity Pack!
In addition to being available in my member area it can be purchased in my shop.
Take a look at some of the fun our friends are having with this pack!
Our friends at Erica's Educare Learning Center are practicing their counting skills with these Sweet Treats Count and Clip Cards and Gingerbread Counting Mats.
Our friends at Genesis Family Daycare are working on matching uppercase and lowercase letters with this peppermint letter matching activity.
These Gingerbread Men haven't ran away! Our friends a Building Blocks Family Childcare are learning about shapes with the Gingerbread Man Shape Mat activity, and strengthing their hands with the Gingerbread Mat in this set.
Our Friends at Little Bears Family Child Care are practicing their counting with the Hot Chocolate Counting Mats, and Mini-Marshmallow Counters. Jess turned the Gingerbread Counting Mats into a rolling game. The kiddos roll the die, and decorate the house with pom poms.
Our friends at Tormoehlen Family Home Childcare are learning their shapes with the peppermint shape count and clip cards, and their colors with the Hot Cocoa Candy Cane Color Match cards in the sweet treats pack.
Find out more about joining the Pre-K Printables Club here!
You can incorporate sweet treats in a variety of Educational games this week. Use Sweets to count or build patterns with. Gum Drops make a fun "Color Matching" activity.
This is a fun way to include Math in your Theme week. Check out this Candy Cane Stripe Counting activity from Preschool Inspirations.
This adorable Gingerbread Man Sensory Bin was created by Erica Payne of Erica's Educare Learning Center
It's a great time to bake and decorate cookies with the kids!
Check out this fabulous Gingerbread Cookie recipe and tips for decorating
them with kids from Playground Parkbench
A fun peppermint sensory writing tray from Parenting Chaos
Peppermint Water Science Activity from Little Bins for Little Hands
Hot Chocolate Goop from Raising Little Superheroes
This adorable Gingerbread Men Number Hop Printable Activity was
created by Toddler Approved
This fun Gingerbread House Alphabet Matching Game from Totschooling
looks good enough to eat!
These Christmas photo cards feature some of your favorite Holiday sweets! A freebie from Daycare Spaces and Ideas
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