Jingling in July!

Merry Christmas!

Brrr...I hope you are all finding a way to keep warm in the midst of this winter chill! What's that, you say? You are warm? It's 115 degrees where you live? Oh, yeah, me too. It was nice to pretend for a bit though, right? Well, even though we're downing gallons of Slurpees instead of sipping hot cocoa, just thinking about the holidays makes me feel as warm and fuzzy inside as I'm feeling outside. So in grand Christmas in July style I have a cute activity for you today. It's a gingerbread glyph. I mean seriously, is this guy cute or what?
I don't have any pictures of real samples to share, this being July and all, but I'll re-post this with some kid made cuteness in six months or so *adding to calendar...now*

Here's the glyph direction sheet. I usually try to make my printables easy on the ol' colored ink cartridge I mean seriously, I think ounce for ounce that ink costs more than gold! So for things like this I'll just print two or three and laminate or stick in a page protector and have the kids work together in small groups.

I do a whole big gingerbread unit which includes lots of yumminess like gumdrops and marshmallows, which of course I sample for freshness and safety. I'll post more on that as the holidays draw closer, but this is one of the centerpiece activities. Each child traces & cuts out a gingerkid and then uses scraps to decorate theirs according to the glyph directions. The file I'm sharing with you includes the directions, a sample to show the kids what a finished product might look like and one gingerbread shape that you can use as a guide to make patterns for the kids. Click here to get your copy and click on the Sweet Glyphs pic below to get a bulletin board title :)

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  1. That's just adorable!! Thanks for sharing:) I am baked to a crisp from being at my daughters beach tourney all day yesterday....gotta love Florida! Sat in the shade and got burnt...I'm a goof!! Quick questions for you...I have tried to add the Linkwithin widget to my blog but instead of the little thumbnail pics it was just black and pink squares....your work and look awesome...any advise?? Thanks bunches:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. Hey Tara! I have been staying inside - way too hot for me! Then I went to Publix yesterday and saw not one, but TWO people w/ sweatshirts on!! One was a woman my age w/ jeans, a shirt, sweatshirt and then fuzzy socks w/her flip flops! I was dying just looking at her!
    Anyway, I didn't really do anything special w/ linked within. It just worked. Maybe try removing it and adding it again?

  3. Too cute! Can't wait till Christmas now. :) Thank you!

  4. That looks like so much fun! I am already thinking of ways to adapt it for my kinders - I think I would have to group the months rather than do them individually. I am so excited to see this, a lot of my theme boxes got stolen (long story involving fire, graffiti and an insanely long wait on insurance!) and I am trying to replace them so I am not scrambling in December! I am filing this away now :)

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats in Kindergarten

  5. Glad to help jennifer! Sounds like you've been through a lot :(

  6. Hey! Just wanted to let you know that on the ginger glyph that on the leg stripes part, you have stripes on arms. Thanks for the awesome idea though

  7. Oops! Thanks Stacey. That's what I get for fancying it up! I'll fix it now and upload a new copy :)

  8. Thanks for sharing this idea! It is so cute, and has me excited for winter as well :) I love following your site - you have such creative ideas!!!

  9. Thanks for sharing!!! Also, thanks for lettng us know about all the giveaways!! I am also having a 100 follower giveaway. I'd love for you to stop by and check it out. I am a new follower.

  10. Thanks for sharing. And I love your buttons! Come on over we are having a giveaway! And a dice linky party!

  11. Thanks Mrs. Coe!
    I linked up, now off to enter the giveaway :)

  12. Absolutely adorable ginger kids!!!!! Thanks for sharing!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  13. Thank you so much for sharing this!!!! I did this project when I was student-teaching, but didn't keep a copy of the steps. I've been looking for this ever since! :)


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