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Christmas in July Lesson Plans

Christmas in July Lesson Plans

Even though Christmas is half a year away and the summer sun is blasting at full power, children still long to experience their favorite holiday. And what better way to celebrate the Christmas season than baking gingerbread cookies? But why stop at just baking simple gingerbread people?

It’s time to teach your little learners how to make their very own gingerbread house. So get ready to break out your old gingerbread man cookie cutter and your cookie sheet, because Christmas is coming early!

Gingerbread Books; A Great Resource

The Plan for the Gingerbread House

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With the big Gingerbread Fair coming up, kids of all ages must band together to engineer the best gingerbread house ever. Piece of cake, right? Nope! The kids quickly discover that construction is a lot harder than it looks.

They have to search through many gingerbread recipes to find the perfect one, mix their ingredients together, and watch out for burning cookies. Their icing can’t be too runny or too thick, the actual gingerbread cookie itself has to be measured just right, and don’t even get me started on all the small candies for decoration that the kids aren't supposed to eat. Plus, the children soon discover that it takes a lot of fine motor skills to stick everything together and keep it all from falling apart.

​When they are just about finished, they remembered they needed a door for their little gingerbread boy and gingerbread girl. Will it all fall apart when they add the door? Can the kids present a winning house in the fair? How much fun can building a gingerbread house really be? Find out for yourself by reading The Plan for the Gingerbread House.

​Educational Activities

The book detailed above supplies a great way to teach children about planning. The link below links to free printable lesson plan sets that teach kids about writing, math, and engineering. Kids will have a ton of fun learning how to write poems, essays, and do math problems with a fun gingerbread theme. Kids will learn how to pick out their favorite themes in stories and spot rhyming words in an engaging way. 

 Then, once all the writing and math are done, they can finally attempt what is sure to be one of their favorite gingerbread activities. It’s time to build a gingerbread house! Make learning fun by turning cookie construction into a fun gingerbread man engineering lesson. Summer is now a festive season of learning and super fun holiday activities. Don’t miss out on this awesome learning opportunity for Christmas in July!

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Children’s book author and indie publisher DARCY PATTISON writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction books for children. Five books have received starred PW, Kirkus, or BCCB reviews. Awards include the Irma Black Honor award, five NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books, two Eureka! Nonfiction Honor book, two Junior Library Guild selections, two NCTE Notable Children’s Book in Language Arts, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book, an Arkansiana Award, and the Susannah DeBlack Arkansas Children’s History Book
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