Baking to learn

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I’ve always been a big baker, and after making some gingerbread men with the kids at christmas, decided to try using gingerbread men as a teaching tool. I work as a teaching assistant to history lessons at a local school, where some of the kids are learning about life in ancient Rome. Last week’s theme was ‘Roman clothing’, and as part of the lesson I brought in some pre-made gingerbread men (and women!) for the kids to apply icing in the style of Roman clothing. A bit messy but they loved it and got to take home a treat!

Some ideas for Roman clothing include a woman’s draping chiton, the pileus hat worn by roman freedmen, or even clothing inspired by the gods – like Hermes’ winged ssandals.

The recipe I used for the ginger bread men was taken from here. You’ll need these ingredients:
6 tablespoons golden syrup
150 gm butter
2 tablespoons water
3 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon baking soda
5-6 cups flour
150g sugar
Smarties (coloured)

Post any images below of the gingerbread men you make!!

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