Pre-K & Preschool theme ideas for learning about the Gingerbread Man story.
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Gingerbread Fine Motor Skills Activities
Gingerbread Play Dough People
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 Art Activities
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.
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 Literacy Activities
“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.
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 Bingo Stamping Game
Read about and print the Gingerbread Bingo Games here.
Gingerbread Roll & Write Game
Print and find directions here: Roll & Write Games
Gingerbread Math Activities
Gingerbread Ten Frame Counting
To prepare a magnetic ten frame board, use colored masking tape or electrical tape to make a grid with ten spaces (5 on the top row, 5 on the bottom row) on a metal cookie sheet. (Cookie sheets are usually sold at the Dollar Tree.) Download, print and cut out the Gingerbread Cookies (link below). Either print them on printable magnetic sheets, or print on card stock paper and attach a magnet to the back of each. This activity can be used at circle time, small group, or center time. Place any amount of the gingerbread cookies on the cookie sheet (one in each grid space), show children the cookie sheet, and have them hold up the same amount of fingers. For example, if you place 6 cookies on the cookie sheet, the children would show 6 fingers. Children can do this activity in the math center with a partner, one person placing cookies on the cookie sheet and the other counting and showing how many on their fingers.
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 Grid Games
Read about and print here: Grid Games
Find the Gingerbread Baby
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 Baby @ JanBrett.com
- Buckaroo Gingerbread Boy @ JanBrett.com
- Gingerbread Girl @ JanBrett.com
- More of Jan Brett’s Gingerbread Friends Printables @ JanBrett.com: Click the link for a sheet of small size
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
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.
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