Making Gingerbread Houses with Preschoolers

To end our fall storytime session, my partner and I decided to attempt making gingerbread houses as the craft for our preschool storytime. Since we are working with small children, we did a simplified house using a milk carton, graham crackers, and royal icing. The idea is the kids can simply “glue” the crackers to the milk carton with icing, making it much easier for them to create a structure. This ended up becoming a two session project, as we need to give the icing time to dry before decorating.

Our first session was the creation of the houses. They turned out better than we could have expected. All of the kids were able to create their houses, and they got super creative with them. It was exciting to see so many unique structures.

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Holiday Party Outreach Storytime

This past week a coworker and I did an outreach storytime at a daycare’s holiday party. We chose holiday themed books, songs and rhymes, while trying to avoid anything too overtly skewed toward a certain culture. Of course at a holiday party it is hard to avoid Christmas altogether, but I feel we did a good job of choosing things everyone felt comfortable participating in. Continue reading