Gingerbread Theme

Pre-K & Preschool theme ideas for learning about the Gingerbread Man story.

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Gingerbread Play Dough People

{Fine Motor}
Add gingerbread cookie cutters of different sizes to the play dough area for children to cut gingerbread people out of play dough. Also add a cookie sheet so children can pretend to bake them.

Gingerbread Houses

We use graham crackers, white icing, small candies, and a milk carton to make and decorate a gingerbread house. We use M&M’s, gummy bears, peppermint disks, mini candy canes, gum drops, and Fruit Loops for the decorations. A few days before the activity, I rinse out the cartons and let them dry, then cover them with aluminum foil.

gingerbread house

Gingerbread Kids

Children cut out a gingerbread kid from sandpaper, add colored glue for the “frosting”, and buttons, wiggle eyes, ribbon scraps, rickrack, and yarn.

Gingerbread Cookie Decorating

Children use squeeze tubes of icing to decorate a gingerbread cookie. Red hots and M&M’s can be used for the eyes and buttons. I usually use the Little Debbie gingerbread cookies.

gingerbread decorating in pre-k

“Gingerbread Baby” Characters

After reading Jan Brett’s book Gingerbread Baby, we talk about what “characters” are in a story. The second time we read the story, each child is given a character mask from the story. As we come to each character’s part in the story, the child with that character’s mask stands. After the story is read, we name each of the characters and talk about what they did in the story and what they said.

Story Retelling

This is an activity that goes with any theme. Choose a book that goes with the theme, and have the children retell the story. With this theme, of course, the Gingerbread Boy is a perfect one to retell.
Read the blog post here for details: story retelling

Gingerbread Cookie Graph

Each child takes one bite of a gingerbread boy cookie. We place the cookies on small paper plates (with their name written on the plate), and graph the cookies on the graphing mat by the part of the gingerbread boy that was bit off (head, arm, leg). We compare most/least/same.

gingerbread graph

Find the Gingerbread Baby

{Sensory Table}
Print out the Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread Friends from Jan Brett’s website, color, and cut them out. Place the Gingerbread Friends and only one Gingerbread Baby in the sensory table. Fill the sensory table with rice or sand, and add scoops, spoons, or small shovels. The children search through the rice or sand to find the Gingerbread Baby.

Gingerbread Friends Printables:

Gingerbread House

{Dramatic Play}
Add a large cardboard box to the house center (a.k.a. dramatic play area), and let the children decorate it to look like a gingerbread house. Children can play in the gingerbread house, pretending to be the Gingerbread Baby and his friends.

Gingerbread House with Blocks

{Block Center}
Add construction paper and masking tape to the block center. Children can build a gingerbread house with blocks, using the construction paper to make candy and tape them onto their block house.

Gingerbread Grid Games

Read about and print here: Grid Games

Gingerbread Grid Game

Gingerbread Bingo Stamping Game

{Math or Literacy}
Read about and print the Gingerbread Bingo Games here.

Gingerbread Bingo

Gingerbread Roll & Write Game

{Literacy or Math}
Print and find directions here: Roll & Write Games

Gingerbread Roll & Write Game


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