Language & Literacy
Songs, Poems, &
Five Little Cookies
(hold up five fingers and then bend one down
at a time to go with the poem)
little cookies with frosting galore,
Mother ate the white one, then there were
Four little cookies, two and two, you see,
Father ate the green one, then there were
Three little cookies, but before I knew,
Sister ate the yellow one, then there where
Two little cookies, oh, what, fun!
Brother ate the brown one, then there was
One little cookie, watch me run!
I ate the red one, then there were none!
a set of flannel board cookies with number words written on them. Invite
students to take down the cookies one at a time.
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
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.
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
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!
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!
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
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
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)look
around like you are
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. (
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
I'd like to have him in my tummy! (Pretend to
eat him up! Then brush the crumbs off your hands.)
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 &
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.
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
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!"