Language for Little Learners


Making Gingerbread men to teach body parts in French

May 05, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Uncategorized

One fun way we teach the body parts in French to our kids is by making Gingerbread men (and women). You can review the body parts in French as you make them and then your kids ‘test’ can be eating off the body parts and telling you what they just ate after they are cooked.

It’s a very fun way to teach and the rewards are plenty. My son just laughs so much when he eats off the ‘tête’.

Some phrases you can learn are:
“Je vais manger…” I am going to eat…

“J’ai mangé…” I ate…
“Je mange…” I am eating…

Here’s a recipe that I found for gingerbread cookies from,1710,155181-252195,00.html


1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. dark molasses
1/4 c. water
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour

Beat sugar, shortening, molasses and water in a large bowl on low speed until blended. Beat on medium speed 1 minute. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, 1 to 2 hours.

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Sprinkle counter top with flour; turn dough onto surface. Roll dough with a rolling pin until 1/4 inch thick. Cut with gingerbread man cutter.

Lift cookies carefully with a large spatula onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Decorate cookies with raisins (optional). Bake until set 8 to 10 minutes. Let cookies cool 3 minutes, then carefully remove from cookie sheet with a spatula.

Cool and decorate with frosting if you like. Makes about 1 dozen cookies.

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