Our son picked out The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup and illustrated by Matt Tavares. This story is about Jim and his Pirate cookie captain that he creates with his mom. Jim and his mom bake cookies for Santa but instead of regular Gingerbread Men, they make pirate cookies!
During the night, on Christmas Eve, Jim's favorite Pirate cookie captain goes on an adventure and meets Santa. In the morning, Jim finds a wonderful new Pirate ship with a wooden captain with a cutlass and a peg leg to pilot the ship.
There are number of fun ways to expand upon the reading of the story with your children.
This year why not be creative with your cookie decorations? You can make unique characters instead of just regular Gingerbread men. Make pirates, ninjas, astronauts, cowboys and cowgirls, and all kinds of "people" using your cookie cutters.
Using the same basic Gingerbread cookie cutter, you can create your very own pirate salt dough ornaments.
We made our own ornaments using:
- 1 cup flour
- a little more than 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of salt
We stirred the mixture till it formed a dough and then used a rolling pin to roll out the dough on wax paper. I recommend sprinkling a little extra flour so that the dough doesn't stick to the wax paper or the rolling pin.
I didn't bake the ornaments right away but let them air dry for a day. I finally baked them at the lowest setting on my oven checking them every half hour. I let them bake for about 2 hours.
|One of the characters in the story is called Dots.|
The next day we painted them and finally added the ribbon so we can hang them from the tree!
Family Discussion Time
After reading The Gingerbread Pirates, use the following questions to spur conversation with your children:
- What was your favorite toy or present to find under the Christmas tree?
- What adventure would your Gingerbread men go on?
- What type(s) of cookie(s) do you leave for Santa?
- What are your favorite type of cookies?