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Gingerbread Man

Language & Literacy




Songs, Poems, & Fingerplays

Five Little Cookies
(hold up five fingers and then bend one down at a time to go with the poem)

Five little cookies with frosting galore,
Mother ate the white one, then there were four.
Four little cookies, two and two, you see,
Father ate the green one, then there were three,
Three little cookies, but before I knew,
Sister ate the yellow one, then there where two.
Two little cookies, oh, what, fun!
Brother ate the brown one, then there was one.
One little cookie, watch me run!
I ate the red one, then there were none!


Literacy : Make a set of flannel board cookies with number words written on them. Invite students to take down the cookies one at a time.



Gingerbread Man Flannel Board:  Create flannel Board pieces of the story of the original Gingerbread man story, use them to narrate the story top the kids, later allow them to use the pieces to retell the story.  Don't forget the ever famous line... "Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me I 'm the gingerbread man!"


Math & Number Concepts

Gingerbread Man Counting: Use disposable cookie sheets or just pieces of foil cut in the shape of a cookie sheet. Label each sheet with a number, provide enough gingerbread man shapes cut from construction paper (school supply stores often sell popular shapes like this precut) that the children can practice placing the correct number of cookies on each sheet.  

Gingerbread Person Matching Cards: Make a set of gingerbread matching cards by decorating pair of gingerbread shapes the same.



Decorate a Gingerbread Boy/Girl/House:  Cut desired shapes from a heavy brown construction paper.  Let the children decorate them any way they wish by gluing on different candies, like gum drops, red hots, peppermints, M&M's, etc.  Have them add "frosting" details with glitter glue pens!

Finger-paint on large cut outs of a gingerbread boy with chocolate pudding!

Hang gingerbread person shapes on the easel with bingo daubers or paint daubers for the children to decorate with.

Have the children decorate their own gingerbread house!  Get a large cardboard box, usually appliance stores will just give them to you.  A head of time cut out a bunch of big candy shapes from construction paper.  use a variety of colors and cut big circles with an "M" on them for M&M's, cut out gumdrop shapes, candy canes, and any other candy shapes you desire.  Let the children glue them on the box!  Then send it to the dramatic play area!

Craft Activity
Felt Gingerbread Man Ornament:  Cut two matching gingerbread people shapes from brown felt (per child).  Let the children glue the pieces together and insert a piece of jute (a brownish craft twine like string) at the top between the two pieces of the gingerbread felt shapes.  Provide the children with fabric scraps,
Rick-rack, buttons, and various other materials to glue on their gingerbread person to decorate it.  * "Tacky" glue works the best! 

Dramatic Play

Add some baking accessories to the kitchen play area.  Cookie sheets, cookie cutters, spatulas, aprons, and fake cookies cut from felt, fun foam, or construction paper would be great!



Music & Movement

Try this music and movement activity, it is similar to going on a bear hunt.  You lead the children around the room acting out the different places you must go through to try and catch the gingerbread man.

Can You Catch the Gingerbread Man?

There was once a little gingerbread man,
He would always say, "catch me if you can!"
Where he was running to
know one every knew,
But they tried to catch him and you can too!

First he jumped down on the floor,  (everyone jumps in place)
Then he went right out the door.  (open a door and walk though)
On a bumpy path that led to town,  (walk like it is really bumpy)
Where there were people all around.  (
look around like you are surrounded)
Then he ran down a curvy trail,  (walk around the room in a curvy line)
To the river and the Foxes tail.  (jump like you are getting on the foxes tail)
Now don't let that gingerbread boy get away,  (put your hands out like you are
trying to catch him)
Grab him quick before the Fox has his way.  (make a
grabbing action like you have the gingerbread man in your hands)
Oh he smells so good and yummy! (rub your tummy)
I'd like to have him in my tummy! (Pretend to eat him up! Then brush the crumbs off your hands.)


Science & Discovery

Ginger Spiced Play dough is a great fun for pretending to make cookies!  Make some brown play dough (or give the kids some colored play dough and after a week your sure to have a lovely bunch of brown play dough!) add some ginger spices to it, maybe even some cinnamon and nutmeg too!  Have out some gingerbread man & woman cookie cutters, rolling pins, and even a cookie sheet or two!


Blocks & Building

Have the kids create their own gingerbread house with blocks!



Puzzles, Games & Manipulatives

Gingerbread Man Lacing cards: Make your own, cut a gingerbread man shape from brown construction paper, decorate (candy stickers work great for this), laminate, punch holes around outside edge.









Gingerbread Houses: Kids can construct a simple gingerbread house with some graham crackers, frosting and a few pieces of candy.

Gingerbread Man Cookies: Make some cookies as a class project, or let the kids decorate already baked cookies. Yummy!


Bulletin Boards

Holiday Bulletin Board: Have the kids create one of a kind gingerbread people and hang them on a bulletin board covered with foil to look like a cookie sheet! Title it: "Have a Sugar and Spice Filled Holiday!"



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