Today was "the best day ever!" in preschool! In every version of The Gingerbread Man that we have read, we have noticed that the author details the steps that are needed to make gingerbread cookies. The kids started asking questions, like "What's flour?" and "Why do you need to put flour on a rolling pin?" Our discussion yesterday ended with Clayton telling us, "Wow! It's really hard to make gingerbread cookies."
We've been talking about making some cookies ourselves since we began this study, so we decided we must bake some cookies and see if it really is as tricky as we thought! The outline of a gingerbread man has been drawn on our calendar on Thursday, December 15th for a while now and the kids have been anxiously awaiting "Cookie Day".
We gathered on the carpet this morning and read through the recipe for gingerbread men. "Ten steps?" Emilia noticed, "this is going to take us all day!". We went through the grocery bag and laid out all of our materials.
Everybody washed their hands and we got ready to bake! We had a discussion about how important it is to follow exactly what a recipe says. "We don't want our cookies to taste gross," David told the group.
We started noticing that our flour, butter, and egg didn't look like flour, butter, and eggs anymore. All of our ingredients combined into a delicious-smelling, spiced, brown dough! To roll it out we realized we needed a table. "If we roll the dough on the carpet, it will get hairy!" Inaya laughed and told our friends.
Before we rolled our dough out flat, we took a minute to discuss what we noticed about it. Friends suggested things like "it's brown!" and "it's really sticky!" or "it smells really good."
We had to wait 8 minutes for our cookies to bake and then even longer for them to cool. We all agreed: waiting is the hardest part of making gingerbread cookies! Once they were cool, it was time to decorate them! We used frosting, M&Ms, and Licorice to decorate.
After decorating came the best part of the day: time to dig in!