Although officially we’re not hosting the Virtual Book Club for Kids this month I couldn’t let the opportunity go to share this fun seasonal craft to go along with one of my daughters favourite Winter/Christmas themed books. The Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett is one of our favourites, with fantastic illustrations including a Gingerbread Recipe which we are yet to try and a cute little rhyme throughout it is a classic tale to tell. Using some of our Christmas Scented Salt DoughDough we decided to create a pattern garland to decorate the kitchen window for the festive season.
Materials you will need
Christmas Scented Salt Dough – Make up to the recipe here
Cookie Cutters – Gingerbread Man, Gingerbread Lady and Star all available in this Gingerbread Family Set of 6 Cookie Cutter Set [affiliate link]
Straw or Chopstick
Window Suction Cups with Hooks [affiliate link]
How to make your Gingerbread Friends Pattern Garland
Make up a batch of the Christmas Scented Salt Dough using our recipe from last week.
T loves to roll out the dough – she rolled it out around about 1/2 cm thick on a lightly floured surface.
Then she cut out equal numbers of gingerbread girls, boys and stars from the salt dough.
Using a chopstick (we didn’t have any straws) she placed a hole in each hand of the gingerbread people and two holes in the stars.
They then went into the oven for an hour on the lowest settings, we turned them over and repeated on the other side.
Once they were dry we let them cool.
Then she started to pattern make. She decided on her pattern, girl, boy and star she wanted to make and laid it out on the table.
Then it was time to thread. Copying the pattern she placed them at regular intervals along the ribbon.
Using the window suction cups we tied the ribbon around each one and placed it on the window over the kitchen sink where we can see it every day and makes our kitchen smell amazing.
Christmas Themed Book Based Activities
This month a few of us from The Virtual Book Club for Kids team are hosting extra special activities and crafts based on our favourite Christmas books – you can find them all below.
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas ABC Game – from Growing Book by Book
Dream Snow Sensory Bottle – from Inspiration Laboratories
Why Christmas Trees aren’t Perfect Pine Branch Ornament – from I can Teach my Child
Watercolor Christmas Trees – from 3 Dinosaurs
Munsch Inspired Body Drawings – from Study at Home Mama
Gingerbread Man Collage Craft – from Toddler Approved