Sensory suggestions make this gingerbread cookie come alive
In the classic fairy tale a baker makes a gingerbread man, who jumps out of the oven and runs right out the door. Well, this sensory recipe makes these cookies also come alive with all the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of baking this holiday treat. You can even talk about the gingerbread man’s body parts as you decorate the cookies with frosting or candy.
With each step, we provide sensory suggestions for you to try with your child. You can follow one or all the suggestions – touch, taste, see, smell, hear.
“Run, run, as fast as you can…” and try this recipe! You’ll love it like the fox who gobbled up the gingerbread man in the story. “Snap…snap…snap…gulp!.”
Recipe Steps & Suggested Sensory Directions
If you choose to decorate your gingerbread cookies, make the icing. Add butter, milk, and 1 cup of powdered sugar to a medium bowl. Mix until smooth. Add the additional cup of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
Put frosting in a piping bag if desired. Make faces or clothing on the gingerbread men with the frosting. Or using the frosting as glue, stick on candy buttons or other details.
You can also just sprinkle the cookies with powdered sugar.
Store the cookies in an airtight container with parchment paper between the layers, or you can freeze them for up to 3 months.