Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House lesson plan

Build a festive Gingerbread House with Crayola® Model Magic®. Everyone can help decorate-without a kitchen!

  • 1.

    Gingerbread has been a sweet treat for a long time. During the Middle Ages, ginger was the second-most traded spice between Asia and Europe. Why? It preserves cakes (and tastes good, too). In England, gingerbread was popular to eat at fairs.

  • 2.

    Building houses from spiced cakes is a German tradition. Remember the witch's house in Hansel and Gretel? Gingerbread was often gilded (covered in gold). The word came to mean something that was showy and pretty. Have you heard the term used to describe some kinds of houses?

  • 3.

    Provide students with recycled magazines and access to the Internet to seek out pictures of gingerbread houses. Students use these images as motivation to create an original gingerbread house project.

  • 4.

    Find a recycled box. Make a roof peak by taping two box flaps into a triangle.

  • 5.

    Mix and knead different colors of Crayola® Model Magic® to create the colors you want.

  • 6.

    Roll modeling material out into sizes that will cover the box sides and roof. Secure pieces on box, one side at a time with Crayola School Glue. Lay flat to air dry before doing another side.

  • 7.

    Pinch and glue sides and roof parts together. Air dry.

  • 8.

    With more Model Magic, design a textured roof, windows, doors, a chimney, and other decorative elements.

  • 9.

    Glue finished house on recycled cardboard. Add a pathway, shrubs, and light if you wish. Air dry before displaying.

  • 10.

    If you want a shiny Gingerbread House, mix equal parts of glue and water. Cover your art area with newspaper. Apply the glaze to your house with a Crayola So Big Brush. Air dry.

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SS: Examine the interaction of human beings and their physical environment, the use of land, building of cities, and ecosystem changes in selected locales and regions.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

Adaptations

  • Students investigate the history of the spice trade in the Middle Ages. Why was it significant? Where was it grown? Draw a map of the world as it looked during the Middle Ages. Trace the route of spice traders in Europe and Asia.
  • Students organize a Medieval festival. Include booths and activities of the time period. Encourage students to dress appropriately for the time period.
  • Students collaborate to build a large gingerbread project and adorn it with holiday decorations. Encourage students to use as many recycled materials as possible to create this project.