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!
The Western Avenue Community Center partners within our diverse community to open doors of hope and love through our faith in Jesus Christ.
Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
The Home Sweet Home mission is to serve Christ by providing food, shelter and hope to the hungry, homeless and hurting.
Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that people with disabilities and their families have equal opportunity to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
Hearts at Home's mission is to encourage, educate, and equip every mom in every season of motherhood using Christian values to strengthen families.
The Boys and Girls Club mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
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.
Heartland Head Start is a unique program providing comprehensive educational, health and social services for low income pre-school age children and their families. Since its beginning in 1965, the goal has been to improve the quality of life for the families it serves.
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.
At Big Brothers Big Sisters we strive to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever!
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.