12 Days of Giving Program
On the 12 Days of Giving, the Gingerbread House gave to me… a way to give as easy as can be!
On select dates in November we will be donating 10% of our sales to one of 12 local non-profit organizations that support children.
Stop by the Gingerbread House on your charity's day and a portion of your purchase will help support our community!
Founded in 1992, the mission of ABC Counseling & Family Services is to provide specialized evaluation and treatment to youth that are either the victims of sexual abuse or have sexual behavior problems and to help their families heal from the trauma of sexual abuse. Our organization also provides adoption services for adoptive parents and counseling for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.
Healthy Start, a Healthy Families Illinois program serves as a highly effective program in the deterrence of child abuse and neglect. Through positive, persistent, outreach services and in-home visits, at-risk parents learn about child development, nutrition, parenting and wellness.
Twin Cities School of Dance, founded in 1980, is a non-profit. 501c3 organization. The school provides quality dance instruction for all ages. A primary focus is on classical ballet technique, which provides a strong foundation for all other dance forms.
American Heart Association's mission is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The organization is currently fighting childhood obesity by fighting for P.E. to required daily in school.
Heartland Head Start is a well-established social service agency that has been providing services to low income families since 1965. During this time it has grown from serving 60 children and families to serving 309 children and families, offering services for children birth to five.
Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
The purpose of Autism McLean County is to promote the general welfare of children and adults with autism and to provide support for their families.
Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
The FBT non-profit organization is comprised of passionate and philanthropic global citizens and donors who seek to practice "accountable philanthropy through service and leadership." The organization raises funds for non-profits to use for specific efforts that may sustain their impact on the citizens they serve.
The mission of Music Connections is to provide such quality music education to an increased number of children in the early childhood years, thereby enhancing their cognitive, physical, social, emotional, language and musical development.
Mom and Me Camp is a unique program that brings children ages seven through twelve together with their incarcerated mothers for three days of activities at the correctional centers.
SPICE provides pediatric therapy services for families with children from birth through age fourteen, who have developmental disabilities or delays or who are at risk for delay due to environmental or medical concerns.
The Purpose of Play
Toys are the tools of learning for kids; they are a way to help develop creativity.
Toys and play help children become the person they are going to be.
- Tami Jarecki, original owner of the Gingerbread House
Creativity is what we call having fun with our minds. By using our imagination to pretend and by painting, building, and signing, we discover new ways to think about things and express ourselves
Cognitive abilities are what help us learn about the world around us. We use memory, reasoning and problem-solving to take what we know and apply it to today's play in the sandbox.
There's nothing "icky" about gross motor skills. These are the actions related to larger muscles, like our arms and legs. When we walk, run and jump, we're using gross motor skills for balance and coordination.
Our emotional responses are the ways we react to situations we encounter in life. Whether we are happy or sad, surprised or mad, we must learn to control our emotions and express ourselves clearly to others.
Playing nicely with each other is what we call social development. Sharing, cooperating and taking turns all fall into this category, and are qualities that make people want to be our friend.
This is how we understand and recognize the position of objects in relation to each other. Spatial reasoning is important to excel in things like reading a map and doing a geometry problem.
For activities like drawing, grasping objects and using some tools, we use our fine motor skills. Our smaller muscles, like fingers, toes and eyes, are necessary for mastering hand-eye coordination and picking up sensory skills.
Our eyes, ears, voices and hands all play important roles in sharing what's on our mind and understanding what others are trying to tell us. As children grow up, they'll also read and write to communicate and learn about their world.