Theme for December – Traditions

Theme for December- Traditions

Traditions play a major role in every family. Traditions tell stories about a family, help individuals discover where they come from, and help them to remember their culture. The family bond is strengthened through traditions by providing a chance to do something that is special. Children love traditions because they offer comfort and security when other things change around them. December is a month of traditional activity. There are many holidays, family gatherings, and time off from regular schedules to lend to having time to do special activities that will long remain in the memory of a child!

Cookie baking is a winter activity I remember as a child. I turned the sensory area into a cookie making area using gingerbread playdough, cookie cutters and rolling pins.

Gingerbread Playdough

½ cup salt
1 cup plain flour
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil (coconut oil works great)
Food coloring

What you do
Mix dry ingredients together in a medium sized saucepan.
Add food coloring to the water to get a tan color.
Add colored water and coconut oil to dry ingredients.
Stir over heat until dough is pliable.

Once playdough is cool enough, kneed in:
2 teaspoon of ginger
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of allspice