Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Book Advent Calendar: Day 8 and 9-Small One andGingerbread Baby

The Small One, is one of our thrift store finds. Unfortunately, the book is now out of print. My son loves this book and requests it all the time. If you can get your hands on a copy it is a sweet story. The Small One board book is based on the Disney animated movie. 

Disney's the Small One by Walt Disney Productions and Alex Walsh (1997, Hardcover, Board) Image

Cover Image
Gingerbread Baby

Today we will be reading Gingerbread Baby, making gingerbread playdough and playing with gingerbread bean bags. I found the idea for the gingerbread activities at Oopsey Daisy.

I used this craft kit from Hobby Lobby to make gingerbread bean bags. I purchased them half off so they were a good buy and faster than making my own version.

We also played with these magnetic gingerbread people and house. I had these from my teaching days. We used them to count to five and introduce patterns.

I will be using the recipe below to make my gingerbread playdough. If you don't have all of the spices you can always adjust the recipe to use what you have on hand.  

Gingerbread Playdough Recipe


1 tablespoon ground ginger

3 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1 C Flour

1 C Water

1/4 C Salt

1 TBSP Vegetable Oil

2 tsp Cream of Tarter

Mix dry ingredients together in a medium sauce pot

Add water and vegetable oil and stir (The mixture will become a thick paste)

Over medium heat stir constantly until a ball forms

Remove from heat and knead by hand making sure it is cool enough to touch

I found this Gingerbread Baby Preschool Pack on Pinterest and thought it might contain some good ideas as well. 
Pinned Image
Gingerbread Baby Preschool Pack


  1. I loved watching the Small one when I was a kid. the problem with that playdough is I think I would want to eat it...sounds yummy!

  2. Thanks for your comment and for sharing your gingerbread ideas with me! Love them! Those gingerbread bean bags are simply adorable! We'll have to try the gingerbread playdough next year!!