Gingerbread Man

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Activities and ideas for teaching the story The Gingerbread Man to young children in your childcare, preschool, pre-k, Head Start, transitional kindergarten, or kindergarten classroom.

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Gingerbread Baby Beginning Sounds
gingerbread beginning sounds
Students attach clothespins with letters to the pictures that have the corresponding beginning sounds. This activity is available in the Gingerbread Literacy Packet located in the printables section below.

Gingerbread Story Sequence
gingerbread sequence
Setting: Small Group, Literacy Centers
Objective: re-telling, sequencing, comprehension
Materials: gingerbread man sequence sheet (available for free in printables section at bottom of page), scissors, crayons, glue sticks, brown construction paper.
Instructions: Fairy tales are perfect stories for teaching the story sequence of beginning, middle, and end. For four year-olds I find it is best to stick with only three part sequences, any more than that and it becomes too difficult for them. The sequence that works best for this story is: 1) old lady baking cookies, 2) gingerbread man running away, and 3) fox eating gingerbread man. Have the children color, cut, then glue the pictures in order of how they occurred in the story onto a brown strip of construction paper. These are good assessments to keep in a portfolio to show understanding of sequence and ability to follow oral directions.

Gingerbread Baby Emergent Reader
gingerbread emergent reader
The predictable text in this book is designed to support your emergent readers. Use this book to reinforce concepts of print such as words are separated by spaces, left to right and top to bottom, written words match spoken words, common sight words, and more. The Gingerbread emergent reader is available in the Gingerbread Literacy Packet located in the printables section below.

Favorite Gingerbread Story Graph
Setting: Large or Small Group, Literacy Centers
Objective: comparing and contrasting stories, text-to-text connections
Materials: large sheet of butcher paper, markers, Xerox copies of cover of each book read, glue stick, scissors.
*this is a crossover activity because it incorporates math and literacy*
Instructions: Each day read a different version of the gingerbread story to your class. Explain to the children that each book you read will be slightly different and their job is to notice those differences with their eyes and ears. Copy the front cover of each book that you read and shrink it down to fit on the top of the graph. Cut each copy out and glue at the top of the graph. On the final day of your gingerbread unit ask each child to come to the graph and write their name under their favorite gingerbread story. (HINT: make sure your graph is long enough to accommodate all the signatures under the Gingerbread Baby because this is always everybody’s favorite hands down!). Make sure to spend time reviewing the number of students who liked each story during math time. Discuss which story had “more than” and which story had “fewer than” votes. You can also use gingerbread shapes and have students write their names on them and glue to the graph.

Gingerbread Baby Rhyming Game
gingerbread rhyming game
Students roll the picture cube and give a word that rhymes with the picture. They mark their recording sheet when they give a correct rhyme. If students need help generating a rhyme they can ask a friend. This activity is available in the Gingerbread Literacy Packet located in the printables section below. It includes the recording sheet and a printable picture cube you can cut out and assemble or you can print out the cards and attach them to a square box or use a pocket die.

Acting Out the Story
Setting: Large Group
Objective: re-telling, comprehension, sequencing, developing oral language
Materials: Re-telling masks
Instructions: Assign students roles as characters and give them the masks. You can act as narrator the first time to model for the students. Demonstrate how to narrate and guide the students as they act out the story the first time. Give instructions to the audience, explain how they need to sit, pay attention, be quiet, and how they should clap at the very end. After the demonstration is over select different students to be the characters in the story, also select a narrator. After you have acted out the story a few times with the class put the masks in your dramatic play center and allow your students to choose it during center time.

Gingerbread Baby Pocket Chart
gingerbread pocket chart
The predictable text in this pocket chart set will help your students learn concepts of print such as left to right directionality, return sweep, one-to-one correspondence, and more. This activity is available in the Gingerbread Literacy Packet located in the printables section below.

Re-Telling the Story
retelling gingerbread
Setting: Centers
Objective: re-telling, comprehension, sequencing, developing oral language
Materials: Gingerbread house, plush gingerbread man, fox, horse, people, and bear Beanie Babies (find Beanies in resources section below)
Instructions: Place plush characters from the story and a gingerbread house in a quiet area of the classroom. Students may choose to re-tell the story of The Gingerbread Man during center time using the plush characters and gingerbread house. The house pictured above was a cookie tin purchased from Target many years ago. You could also decorate a shoe box to use as a gingerbread house. When not in use the plush characters can be stored in the box. Students LOVE this activity!

Gingerbread Syllables
gingerbread syllable game
Students will identify the syllables in the pictures and then place them in the bag or box with the correct number. They enjoy this game because they pretend the fox is eating the characters from the story. This syllable game is available in the Gingerbread Literacy Packet located in the printables section below.

Gingerbread Characters T-Chart
Gingerbread Characters Printable
This activity can be used to assess beginning comprehension skills as well as following directions and cutting. You can download this free printable gingerbread character t-chart on the blog.

Run, Run, as Fast as You Can Game
gingerbread bang
gingerbread letter identification game
You can make this variation of a Bang game yourself using gingerbread shapes from the teacher store or die-cuts. Or you can find the printable version in the Gingerbread Literacy Packet located in the printables section below. The Run, Run Gingerbread game comes in two versions, upper and lowercase and each game is available in black and white and color for your convenience. Also included are two printable recording sheets, one for upper and one for lower case letters.

Gingerbread Math Activities

Gingerbread Counting Book
gingerbread counting book
This easy to assemble book helps reinforce number sense and counting. The Gingerbread Counting Book is available in the Gingerbread Math Packet located in the printables section below.

Gingerbread 1:1
gingerbread ice cube
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1 correspondence, number sense
Materials: one ice cube tray per student, foam die, gingerbread man erasers (from Oriental Trading)
Directions: Give each student in the small group an ice cube tray. Place the gingerbread man erasers in the center of the table in a bowl or other container so they are easily accessible to all students. Each student takes a turn rolling the die and putting the corresponding number of gingerbread men in their ice cube tray.

Gingerbread Races
gingerbread races
This activity helps build number sense and one to one correspondence. It is available in the Gingerbread Math Packet located in the printables section below.

Gingerbread Graphing
gingerbread marshmallow graph
This marshmallow graphing activity is available in the Gingerbread Math Packet located in the printables section below.

Gingerbread 1-5 Counting
gingerbread 1 to 5
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1, Number Sense
Materials: 1-5 counting grid, Gingerbread erasers (Oriental Trading)
Directions: Give each student a 1-5 counting grid (free printable located in printables section below). Place the gingerbread man erasers in the center of the table in a bowl or other container so they are easily accessible to all students. Have students place the appropriate number of gingerbread men in the grid next to each number.

Gingerbread Patterns
gingerbread patterns
gingerbread patterns
You can use gingerbread stickers and stamps for pattern practice with the free pattern grid located in the printables section below or you can use the printable patterns included in the Gingerbread Math Packet also located in the printables section.

Gingerbread Board Game
gingerbread board game
gingerbread board game
You can make this gingerbread board game yourself using stickers and clipart or you can use the printable version from the Gingerbread Math Packet located in the printables section below.

Gingerbread Tasting Graph
Setting: Small or Large Group, Math Centers
Objective: Graphing, number sense, more or less
Materials: Little Debbie Gingerbread cookies, butcher paper, markers
Instructions: Take a sheet of butcher paper and draw a line down the middle vertically. At the top of one column draw a gingerbread man with a happy face. At the top of the other column draw a gingerbread man with a sad face. Give each child one Little Debbie gingerbread man cookie and ask him to write his name in the appropriate column to graph if he liked the cookie or not. Happy face indicates that they like the cookie and sad face indicates that they did not. When finished with the graph display it for the whole group and discuss how many children liked the cookie and how many did not. Use math language such as “more people liked the gingerbread cookie than did not”, “How many more people liked the cookie than those who didn’t?”, “Which column has less?” etc.

Gingerbread Roll ‘N Stamp
gingerbread roll and stamp game
Students will roll the die and mark the number on their recording sheet with a bingo dot marker. This activity is available in the Gingerbread Math Packet located in the printables section below and includes a printable die.

Gingerbread Sorting
gingerbread sorting
The marshmallow sorting activity is available in the Gingerbread Math Packet located in the printables section below.

Roll-a-Gingerbread Man
Picture 1
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Picture 2
roll gingerbread 2
Picture 3
roll gingerbread 3
Picture 4
roll gingerbread 4
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: number recognition, number sense, spatial relationships, developing critical thinking skills
Materials: foam die, brown paper, gingerbread man pattern, Sharpie marker, Ziploc bags
Directions: Copy a gingerbread man pattern on brown paper, one per student in your small group and laminate. Cut out each gingerbread man and using your Sharpie marker write numbers on the body parts of each gingerbread man as seen in picture 1. Next, cut each gingerbread man apart and put the body parts in Ziploc bag as seen in picture 2. You will have one bag per gingerbread man when you are finished. Give each student in your small group a bag of gingerbread man parts. Students take turns rolling the die. Whatever number they roll they place that part of their gingerbread man with the matching number in front of them on the table, see picture 3. If they roll a number they already have they pass the dice to the next person. Students are finished when their gingerbread puzzle man is complete.

Run, Run Numbers Game
run run number game
You can make this game yourself using gingerbread shapes from the teacher store. This game is also available {in black and white or color} in the Gingerbread Math Packet located in the printables section below. The Run, Run Gingerbread Numbers game comes in two versions, 0-10 and 0-20 and the cards are available in black and white and color for your convenience. Also included are two printable recording sheets, one for each version of the game.

Fun Gingerbread Activities

Decorate a Gingerbread Man
decorate gingerbread
Materials: Brown construction paper, glue, food coloring, wiggly eyes, scissors.
Xerox the shape of a gingerbread man onto brown construction paper. Have each child cut out their gingerbread man with scissors. Next, add food coloring to several Elmer’s glue bottles. Blue, green, and red will show up best on the brown paper, you will need to add several drops to each bottle to get the color dark enough. Stir the food coloring into the glue bottle using a popsicle stick. Have each student select a colored glue bottle and decorate his or her gingerbread man using the colored glue as if it were frosting; eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, decoration etc. Add wiggly eyes and leave out to dry overnight. These projects look great on a bulletin board or hallway display.

Gingerbread Baby House
gingerbread baby house
Learn how to make your own Gingerbread Baby house, see more pictures, find detailed directions, and download a free printable picture recipe card for students on the blog.

Gingerbread Family Project
Printable notes to parents and templates for each month of the school year. You can find details about this project and others like it here.

Gingerbread Play Dough Mats
gingerbread playdough mats
The gingerbread play dough counting mats are available in the Gingerbread Math Packet located in the printables section below.

Gingerbread Play Dough Recipe

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

Spices

  • allspice
  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • nutmeg

Mix all dry ingredients, add spices until you have reached your desired scent and color. Mix oil and water together and then add to dry ingredients and stir. Cook the mixture for three to five minutes on low to medium heat, stirring constantly. You will know it is finished when the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the pan and forms a large ball. Take the dough out of pan and knead until it is smooth and soft. When cool, store in an airtight container.
Gingerbread play dough math mats are available in the Gingerbread Math packet located in the printables section below.

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