Learn About Spices:
The main spices used when making gingerbread are ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg! Even if you choose not to bake for this Theme Day you can take these spices out of your cupboard for your kids to smell and examine.
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Here’s a great nonfiction book about spices for kids:
The Biography of Spices, by Ellen Rodger, Crabtree Publishing Company, 2006—a learning book that explains what spices are and gives some interesting historical facts about them.
For a little video about the fascinating origins of fragrant spices watch this:
Did you know...?
In the 11th Century returning crusaders brought back the concept of spiced breads from the middle East.
Read more about the history of gingerbread here:
The first documented account of gingerbread men or figures was at the court of Queen Elizabeth I of England who allegedly served them to foreign dignitaries. She would have the biscuits decorated in the likeness of the important guests!
Click below for a video on the history of Gingerbread houses:
In the 17th Century it was very common to bake the gingerbread in various shapes like hearts and stars.