Heart's Gingerbread Man Themed Unit
Welcome to Teaching
Heart's Gingerbread Unit. A great theme for the winter
months is gingerbread. You thought it was only a cookie,
but it is also a wonderful theme! Below you will find
some of my favorite gingerbread ideas. Also at the bottom
of the page you will see various ideas from teachers who
entered our Gingerbread Baby contest. We hope that you
will be able to use an idea or two in your classroom!
Updated on November 2012
Why do you
think the Gingerbread Man ran and ran?
How did the
old lady and old man feel at the end of the
you do to catch the Gingerbread Man?
You see the
Gingerbread Man talking to the Fox. What
would you do? What would you say?
Do you think
the Fox should have eaten the Gingerbread
What if the
last animal he saw when he was running was not a
Fox but a dog. What do you think would
happen in the end?
Preschool and Kindergarten Themed Ideas - Click
here for more!
and stay on this page for 1st -3rd below!
Make some yummy
homemade playdough and have fun with these mats -
in this packet)
I wrote a little
poem and attached it to homemade Gingerbread
ta-da, you have a great inexpensive Christmas
gift for your students!
Part of this
You can get
packs of cookie sheets at the dollar store to use
during your unit!
Above I used the 5 Little Gingebread Poem. I used
velcro to attach the Gingerbread Men so that I
manipulate the poem as we practiced it. (Printables
for this are found here!)
Gingerbread Scene Dice Game!
For More Great
Ideas for the little Gingerkids (PreK - K) click
Class Book Ideas
is a class book idea. Each student makes a page
to fit inside the book. When the book is done you
may have each student take turns bringing the
book home to read. Once each student has brought
the book home you will have a very nice class
book for your library.
The book is
in the shape of a gingerbread cookie. The cover
of the book is titled, "If We Were
Gingerbread Boys and Girls..." The students
are given a gingerbread cookie of the same size
and asked to fill in:
If I were a
gingerbread _____________. I would run to
______________. If a fox asked me to jump on his
back I would _____________. Being a gingerbread
________ would be __________. I hope no one would
picture shows the cover of the book and the
inside. There is room for the student to
illustrate the head of a gingerbread or draw an
illustration to match their write up. You could
make a book similar to this. The masters seen are
available on our Oct - Dec. CDROM. Click
here to learn more!
Class Book Idea:
To the right is
a picture of everything you need to make a class
book about the gingerbread man. You
will find the cover page. Also copy one
activity page for each child. Have the
student fill in the blank with someone/something
that chased the gingerbread man. Finally,
have each student illustrate their writing.
Bind together to make a class book! You make your
own blacklines or use our found on our CD. Click
to learn more!
The cover says,
THE GINGERBREAD MAN
run as fast as you can!
can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man.
ran away from the ____________
I'll run away from you!
room for the students to illustrate this
To Make Yummy
Gingerbread Man Books
Students need to cut out and decorate 6
Copy page one- two for each student or supply
each of your students with six gingerbread
Have the student decorate the gingerbread men.
Then they need to cut them out.
The Cover is on Page Three each student
will need a cover for their book. If you are
making your own cover it may say; One Yummy
Gingerbread Man by:_______________ and may
include a colorful picture of a gingerbread man.
Supply the students with a page for each
gingerbread man. You can have the pages
pre-programmed with the words or you can have the
students write the words on each page. Student
will need each of the pages:
directions are for each page.
Have your student do the following and then glue
their gingerbread man on to the page.
1: Eat one leg. (tear off one leg to make
bite marks) Thiis page says: My name is
__________ and I once baked a gingerbread
man. The first thing I ate was the leg.
2: Eat the other leg. (tear off both legs) Thiis
page says: Boy did that leg taste good!
After I ate one leg I ate the other leg.
3: Eat one arm. (tear off both legs and one arm)
Thiis page says: Yum! Next, I ate an arm.
4: Eat the other arm. (tear off both legs and
both arms) Thiis page says: Then I ate the other
5: Eat the head. (tear off both legs, both arms,
and the head) Thiis page says: Next I ate the
6: Crunch, crunch, crunch. (the last gingerbread
man can be used as crumbs. Tear him up to
make crumbs) Thiis page says: Crunch, Crunch,
the right you will see the cover of my book and
two finished pages from the book. You could have
your students illustrate a background for each
3 1/2 cups all-purpose
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup molasses
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons warm water
1/4 cup raisins for decorating
In large bowl, cream
shortening, sugar, egg and warmed molasses.
Dissolve baking soda in warm water and add to egg
mixture. Beat until smooth. Mix in flour, spices
and salt until well blended. Cover and chill for
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie
sheets. Roll out dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch
on a floured surface. Cut out gingerbread men
using cookie cutters and place 2 inches apart on
cookie sheets. Use raisins to make eyes, noses
Bake 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or
until firm. Let cool on wire racks.
Compounds Words Center
You could use
this center idea in a pocket chart or you may
wish to bag the pieces and make a take it to your
seat center. I always include an activity sheet
to match hands-on centers. This way I know that
the student completed the center and understood
is found on our CDROM (click
to learn more)
or you could use our idea and create your own.
Gingerbread Compound Words Center
Make it Your
Self: Make cut-out of gingerbread men and equal
cut-outs of gingerbread girls. Place the first
part of a word on the girl and the second on a
boy. Have the
student match a gingerbread man and women
together that make a compound word. Then create a
center sheet for them to complete. Your sheet
might include activities such as:
gingerbread man up with a gingerbread woman to
form a compound word. If you did it
correctly you made 8 compound words. Write
the eight words you made in the table below.
of the words to draw a picture of
two different compound words from your list and
use each one in a sentence.
Use Ours: Print
the pre-made gingerbread people on cardstock or
tag-board. Laminate them. Store in a
Tupperware container or a large Ziploc bag.
Make as many sets as needed. You can use
this in a center as a compound word
activity. Have the student match a
gingerbread man and women together that make a
compound word. Then have them write the
compound word on the center sheet. The
center sheet is titled gingerbread compound
center sheet and is found on this
FREE Printables Below are From
FROM: Laura Rieben
Gingerbread Roll and dot!
BY: Amanda Dover
BY: Amanda Dover
Gingerkids song for shared reading, number sight
word recognition, concepts of print, etc. I also
included a page of gingerbread counters for
hands-on experiences for counting and matching
objects to the number words.
Match the number cards, words and value in a
pocket chart or at a learning station.
By: Marlana Howerton of Lil' Country
Basically White Rice Mini Gingerbread Men
from Oriental Trading, Plastic Candy Mints
(Dollar Store), and small red and green circles
(pom-poms work too).
The house in the middle is a box from the Dollar
They worked in groups to sort the Gingerbread men
into the Gingerbread House and then collected as
many candy pieces as they could into their
Only rule, you cannot use your hands just use
the grabbers to pick up the items. They
love this activity!!!
Make a big deal out of all the items they find!
Count them together and talk about what they
found the most and least of!
Math Ideas With A Ginger Theme!
As a center
activity, give the students small paper plates
with one numeral written on each plate. Ask the
students to place the number of Gingerbread
cookies (erasers) on each plate or card,
according to the numeral written on the plate.
Graph:Make a graph
using all the characters from all the
stories. Find out which characters appear
in the most versions. (Guess who comes in
Create a simple blackline drawing of a
gingerbread man. Children color it based on
specific instructions. I used the
If you are a girl, color the eyes blue.
If you are a boy, color the eyes green.
If you are 5 years old, color the nose red.
If you are six years old color the nose orange.
If your favorite activity is reading, color the
If your favorite activity is sports, color the
If your favorite...
children finish these you can hang them on a
bulletin board with the title, "Our
Gingerbread Glyphs" and the key. Now you can
use this bulletin board as a center activity.
Make a question sheet the students will use at
the center. Questions may include: How many girls
are in our class?, How many people enjoy
reading?, Subtract the number of girls from the
number of boys... The students would answer the
questions and turn in the sheet.
It is easy to
create this display or you could purchase our
CDROM. It includes everything you need to help
make your class display. To the right you will
see what is on the CD to match this lesson. Click
to learn more!
Bake or purchase
one gingerbread cookie for each student in your
class. Hand out the cookies and instruct each
student to take one bite. They can only take one
bite and they must choose to bite the head, one
of the arms, or one of the legs.
Create a graph
as a class and have the students create one at
their desks as you create yours. A sample student
graph is seen to the right and is found on our
Now have the
students work with a partner to answer questions
about the graph...
Some of the
questions on your sheet might include: (this
sheet is found on the CDROM)
What did you eat first? _______________________
2.) What gingerbread part was eaten first the
3.) Which gingerbread part was eaten first the
4.) How many students ate the head
5.) How many students ate the right arm
6.) How many students ate the left arm
7.) How many students ate the right leg
8.) How many students ate the left leg
Measurement Activity (All blacklines for this are
found on our CDROM #2)
Before you start
this lesson your students will need some
background knowledge of area and perimeter.
Hand out a
blackline of a gingerbread man. The gingerbread
man should fill a sheet of paper. The directions
at the top of the sheet could say: Lets
measure our gingerbread man.You teacher will give
you three small Ziploc baggies. One is filled
with marshmallows, one is filled with Red Hots,
and the last is filled with raisins. You
will use these to measure your gingerbread
mans perimeter and
area. Your teacher will
do the first one with you!
Do one with the
class and allow them to do the other two on their
own. They will fill out a sheet as they go. Some
of the questions may include:
mans area is _______ marshmallows.
Our gingerbread mans perimeter is
these BLANK foam dice that I can program
how I like. I use them all the time. Here
is one way I use them and you get the
free printables to make your own! Its
your lucky day! You will need a blank
dice or just put the pictures over a dice
that you already have.
created a roll and graph activity you can
use as a center or as a game. You can
make your own rules; but, here are some
roll the dice a given amount of times.
They fill in the graph as they roll. Once
they have rolled the dice a given amount,
Or have the students roll the dice till
one of the items on the graph is
completely filled in. Lots of hands on
fun with graphing that you can modify to
meet your students needs!!!
Click here for
the Gingerbread Roll and Graph Dice and
Gingerbread and Snowman
Friends for First and Second Grades!!! Click
and Kindergarten Packet!!! CLICK
Check out all the files
here for winter teaching grades k,1,2 click
Marshmallows onto a sorting sheet! You
can get the sorting sheet we used here.
Counting Game - FREE to Print. (click
here to see the Polar Express Themed one!)
These games will review counting and sorting
The object is to
collect as many Gingerbread Men as you
face down in center of two to four
turns drawing one card.
If they draw a
gingerbread man card they keep the card.
If they draw a
heart card, they keep that card.
If they draw a
fox, they must put all the gingerbread
and heart cards they have collected back
into the pile.
If they draw
part of the house, they place it face up
in the center so that players can build
the puzzle as they play.
The game is
finished when the six pieces of the house
are put together in the center of the
table. Finally, players count up all
their gingerbread men they have
collected. Heart cards are not part of
the count. The player who has the largest
amount of gingerbread men is the winner.
(Below you see one player has a score of
6 and another of 8)
7 includes a sorting card you can use if
you choose. Give each player a sorting
card to lay the cards they collect as
they play. This is an optional card and
does not need to me used to play.
download Gingerbread Counting Game!
I love the
Click for Some
Activities To Match
Contrast this story
with your class. Read the book above and The
Gingerbread Boy .
Then discuss what was the same in the stories and
what was different. Have teams fill in this Venn
as a team effort. Finally make two Gingerbread
Boy shaped patterns and one heart for each
student to cut out. On the heart have the
students write a similarity of the two books and
on the gingerbread cut outs have them write a
difference. Place the finished product on the
Jan Brett Read and Draw Gingerbread Baby
Your Own Gingrebread Friend
In the Gingerbread
Baby, Mattie made the Gingerbread Baby a house to
live in. In this sequel, The Gingerbread Baby is
lonely and needs a friend. Where should he look
to find a friend? Find out when you read about
his Gingerbread Friends adventure. The
Gingerbread Baby is found looking for a friend to
live in the house Mattie made for him. Along the
way he realizes that not all cookies want to be
his friend and that sometimes home is a safe
place to be. Jan Brett makes me want a
Gingerbread Friend in this delicious new book!
Children just eat this story up with the colorful
illustrations. You can spend so much time looking
at the beautiful pictures with your children. It
is fun to watch Mattie at work in the side
illustrations which you will find in many Jan
Brett books. This is a must read for the holiday
season and will be found on many k-3 classroom
shelves. Be sure to check out Jan Brett's site
for extensions to match this book!
Above we are playing the catch the Gingerbread
Friend Dice game found here. Which
one of the characters can get to the Gingerbread first?
When I taught I would always make Gingerbread Houses with
my students. The kind you make out of milk cartons and
graham crackers. I even have a unit on Teaching Heart all
about Gingerbread... click
Then I had my own kiddos and every year we have our own
tradition of making Gingerbread houses. I buy a Wilton
kit for both my kids and one for myself (this way I let
the kids enjoy the process instead of trying to fix
theirs, I tick to my own) at the sales after Christmas. I
buy extra candy and icing and we set to work. This year I
added a tradition of reading a story before we get sticky
with candy, when Janice Mineer sent me her story
Gingerbread from the Heart. Of course I read through once
by myself and soaked in the beautiful illustrations and
the wonderful lesson taught in the story. The teacher in
me knew this would be a perfect read for all of the
classrooms which make delicious gingerbread houses. What
a wonderful way to introduce your class to the process of
making a Gingerbread House. In the story the children
make delicious, candy covered houses for their
grandmother. Each of the three children makes a totally
different creations while wondering if Grandma will like
their creation the best. While we were reading the story
my seven year old was getting ideas for his creation of
his Gingerbread house. The story really got him thinking
about how he would create his masterpiece and whom he
could share it with. The best part of the book is that it
shows the delight one can feel from doing something nice
for someone else.
Check out the book on Amazon... You will love it!
Even better... Janice shared a printable she made of the
here to download.
Gingerbread Treats From
Stories of All Kinds
I LOVE THIS BOOK The
Runaway Pancake to use to compare and
contrast it to the Gingerbread Baby. It comes with the
CD. John Lithgow does an excellent job of reading the
story. The kids love it and really get into comparing how
the story is like the Gingerbread Baby and how it is
different from the story. This is a book you MUST have. I
promise your students will love it and the CD that comes
with it!!! LOVE THIS!!!
Contrast Using Two of the Books Above!
different versions of the Gingerbread Man with
your class. You could pick two from the list
above. Discuss each of these topics with your
Who made the gingerbread in this story:
What kind of decorations does this gingerbread
Who does he run from:
Who ate him:
organizer like the one seen here:
student fill one out for each story!
organizer is available on the CDROM #2 (CLICK
TO LEARN MORE!)
Things To Print!
Yummy Gingerbread Houses
Poems, Songs, &
You Know The Gingerbread Man?
Do you know
the Gingerbread Man,
Man, Gingerbread Man?
Do you know
the Gingerbread Man,
Who ran and
ran and ran?
"Catch me if you can,
If you can,
if you can."
"Catch me if you can!"
Then ran and
ran and ran.
Eat, Eat, Your
(To the tune of "Row, Row, Row, Your Boat)
Eat, eat, your
Before he runs away.
Faster, faster, faster please,
Don't let him get away!
Catch, catch the
Catch him, yes, today.
Faster, faster, faster still,
For he has run away.
Say bye-bye to
Say good-bye today.
Say so long for he is gone.
The fox ate him today. ]
is my Gingerbread Man?
(tune of "Oh where has my little dog
Oh where, oh
where is my Gingerbread Man?
Oh where, oh where can he be?
He popped out of the oven and ran out the door.
Oh where, oh where can he be?
Where, Oh Where Has my Little Dog Gone?]
Oh where, oh
where is the Gingerbread Baby?
Oh where, oh
where has he gone?
pranced around the big blue bowl,]
And then re ran
on and on!
verse four times, placing the underlined words
with the following phrases:
He climbed right
up the garden wall
He stopped to
get a drink from the well
He jumped off
the bridge and onto the ice.
He jumped up and
tweaked the milkman's nose.
song with this final verse:
Oh where, oh
where is the Gingerbread Baby?
Oh, do you think
that you know?
He clapped his
hands and he ran right in
gingerbread house in the snow!
Click on the image above and order a Gingerbread
Candel for your unit!
a bowl of gingerbread,
Smooth and spicy
Roll it with a
Up and up and down.
With a cookie
Make some little
Put them in the oven
Till half past ten!
We are having a blast with the Five Little
Gingerbread Poem. We made our own scratch and
sniff cookie sheets with our own little
Gingerbread Friends in the tray. Details
about that activity can be found here.
for the poster below are found
in this packet.
Ornaments With Your Class!
It is as follows:
1/2 c. cinnamon
1/2 c. applesauce
2 Tablespoons glue
Mix together and roll out onto wax paper. Use a
gingerbread cookie cutter to cut out the shape.
Poke a hole on the top with a straw. Let air dry
for a couple of days. Then you can paint them if
you like. But the smell is wonderful!!!! This
makes approx. 6 ornaments.
NOTE: I have not
tried these. Remember that they are NOT edible.
Sensory Gingerbread Baby
need sandpaper, cinnamon sticks, scissors, wiggly
eyes, glue, magnets (walmart makes them in packs
of 54), stickers, marker, and the template found
here (more instructions included).
we are working hard to color in our forms. Then
we cut them out. Put on the eyes and buttons. Add
a smile and a magnet and you have a Gingerbread
Baby that smells good, feels rough, and looks
form click here.
more free and fun ideas and printables for
Smelly Puffy Paint Idea / Craft
1 Cup of Flour, 3 tsp
Baking Powder, 3 tsp salt, and pinches of Ginger,
Nutmeg, and Cinnamon!
(after mixing the above
I added water till in was a thick liquid) You can
add food coloring to make colors, but I just
wanted a more cookie like color so I did not add
any color. This stuff smelled yummy I was
tempted to taste it! I put it in the Wilton
squeeze containers as seen below to store my
paint in. The kids also used these to
squirt them onto their craft.
Make sure you tell them
to make a light squeeze to start. I suggest that
the kids practice a few squirts on another
surface before you put it on your craft.
We made the above
Gingerbread Cutie. I got them i packs of 8 at the
Dollar Store. The bows are just printed out and
glued on in advance. The kids color the bow to
their liking. They add buttons (colored pom-poms)
and thread a ribbon through the top to hang it.
Here are some finished creations
and Sniff Paint!
Grab some Kool-Aide.
Find small containers for each color. Empty the
packet into a container. Add water slowly
just enough to make the powder dissolve. That is
Now you have some smelly
I did find that q-tips work best for applying the
paint. It is a thinner paint and I liked it that
but if you wanted it thicker, you could
always add some of your tempra paint to each
color. I loved how quickly it dried too!
Ideas from our
and Gingerbread Friends Thematic PDF Kit
Great for grades 1,2, and 3!!!
Gingerbread & Snow Friends
The student cuts out various pictures of snowmen and then
sorts them on a sorting sheet (k-2). The student
answers question independently (1-2) about their sorting
Up Snowmen and Gingerbread Friends Pocket Chart or Envelope Center
This activity focuses on ordinal numbers from 1 8.
You may choose to use this in a pocket chart or place in
an envelope for the student to take back to their seat.
A center sheet is included for your students to work on
after they complete the center. (1-3)
Addition A practice worksheet of
addition facts with a gingerbread theme. (k-2)
Word Search (1-3) Student looks
at the word bank and then finds the word in the puzzle.
Drop Game This is a simple game
that is fun for the kids and also is a great way to
introduce or practice fact families. It is also a
fun way to practice math facts to 10. The
gingerbread manipulatives and score sheet are included.
Just print and use! (Use with grades 1-3. Grade
1 will need more direction from the teacher. Before
playing the game, play a few games with the class as a
group and then allow them to play as partners. (1-3)
Baby Mini Book Student reads
book and cuts out the graphics. Student places a
graphic on each page to match the text. The student
may color the pictures when complete. Last page of
the book is a student activity. (k-2)
Yummy Gingerbread Mini Book
An eight page book about eating a Gingerbread Man.
The students read the book and cut out graphics (to
demonstrate how to eat a gingerbread man) as stated in
the directions. (K-3)
Snack Labels Here is a
little poem I wrote about Gingerbread Cookies. They
print on 3 1/3" x 4"mailing labels/ AVERY 8164.
Print them out and stick them to a zip-loc baggie. Place
two or three gingerbread shaped cookies in a baggie and
give to your students and a sweet treat for a great job
on a Gingerbread Unit. Note: over the holiday
season, you can find the Gingerbread cookies at your
local grocery store. They come in a box and are
made by Pepridge Farms.
Fact Family Student must write the
family of facts into each gingerbread house. (1-3)
here to get the files above
Ideas From our 2002
The winner won a CDROM with Gingerbread Printables and a
hard cover Gingerbread Baby Book! We loved all the ideas,
so we sent each entry a free printables from our CDROM.
Thanks to these teachers for their sharing heart.
Name: Barbara L.
Grade Taught: First
Lesson: Gingerbread People
Time Alloted: 4 Days
Curriculum Connection: Writing, Math (Money)
1. After reading
"The Gingerbread Boy", the children are
directed to look at the gingerbread boy's
2. A discussion
follows as to how each student would create their
3. Students are
shown different items that they can
"buy" to decorate their gingerbread
person. Items include; paper bag gingerbread
shape (2 cents), cord (3 cents), buttons (3
cents), ribbon/lace (1 cent per inch), yarn (1
cent per inch), glitter (3 cents per color), pipe
cleaners (2 cents each), sequins (3 cents per
scoop) and beads (1 cent each).
4. Each student
is given plastic money to spend-5 pennies, 2
nickels, 1 dime. 3. Each student is also given a
gingerbread shape, to design his/her own
gingerbread person and a shopping list to plan
out the cost of making the gingerbread person.
5. Everyone must
purchase two gingerbread shapes and a length of
cord to sew the two shapes together. Students
figure out the different ways to pay for the
shapes and cord.
6. The students
then decide what to put on the shopping list to
create their gingerbread person.
7. When they are
ready, students bring their shopping list and
money to the "store" to purchase the
items they need.
8. All of the
money does not need to be spent. Money may be
saved to spend later to add to the design.
9. The shapes
are sewn together and stuffed with newspaper.
They are then decorated with the purchased items.
write about their gingerbread person.
shopping list, drawing, gingerbread person and
writing are displayed to show the progression of
Grades Taught: 1st and 4th
Ideas I've used
in the past:
I read aloud the Jan Brett story and then I have
my students write their own gingerbread story.
They pretend they have just cooked a gingerbread
boy or girl. They write how the cookie travels
trough their house, their school, their city.
Some students include their pets chasing the
cookie through their house until she/he is caught
I then have my student used gingerbread tracers
so they can decorate they own ginger bread baby
to go with their story.
Also in the past, I have used brown foam and
buttons to make gingerbread ornaments. We hang
them in our classroom from the ceiling and watch
our classroom transform into a "gingerbread
One final activity I have done with my first
grade students was model a gingerbread baby story
after the book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What
do you see?"
First, the class and teacher makes a list of what
we see during Christmas and winter. Some of these
ideas come from Jan Brett's story. Each student
will then write and illustrate a page choosing a
word from our list. Finally, We bind it
into a book called "Ginger Bread Baby, What
do you see?"
Grade taught: First Grade
Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt This activity
incorporate reading, math, and social studies
skills. Materials Needed:
Gingerbread cut outs, glitter glue (red and
green), gingerbread cookies for students at the
end of the hunt, readable clues that incorporate
math, reading, social studies or whatever skills
you feel the students have mastered.
first how many teams you will have in your
class. I usually have between 15-22
students so I pick two teams.
2. On the
gingerbread cutouts, I paint 10 gingerbread
cutouts feet with red glitter glue and 10 more
cutouts with green slitter glue so that I know
which clues go with which group.
clues that would lead the student to different
parts of your school. An example: I
like to read many stories to different children
and you can read hear too. Where am
I? I type ten clues per team but you could
do as many as you feel your class could handle.
4. I hide
all of the clues during our Gingerbread theme
unit. (I usually pick the last day of the
unit) One clue stays behind for each team
and can start the teams off.
5. I have
a poster that is written by the "Gingerbread
Baby" telling the students he is tired of
staying in the book and he went to explore the
school. The students read the clues to
find out where he went.
last clue should lead both teams back to the
room. While we were out, I have another
teacher place gingerbread cookies on their
desks. These I have baked fresh and have
added their own names in frosting as a surprise.
children are then allowed to eat their cookies as
8. We even
graph what part of the cookie we eat first and
discuss the clues while enjoying our snack!
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are some activities I use when I do a Gingerbread
1. We read
various versions of the Gingerbread Boy, then use
graphic organizers to compare & contrast
2. Using a brown
construction paper cut-out, the students decorate
their gingerbread person using found objects such
as buttons, ric-rac, lace, yarn, beads, etc. The
boys usually choose to decorate a "boy"
and the girls make their own "gingerbread
Students write about a new adventure for the
Gingerbread Boy, then illustrate and make into a
book. We also write poems about the gingerbread
boy or girl. One way we do that is to write the
letters in Gingerbread going vertically. Then use
the letter as the beginning of a line of poetry.
4. We write our
own Reader's Theater and act out the story.
Copy recipe for gingerbread. Of course, I bring
in some and we all taste a sample.
Students read and write about the spice ginger.
7. Map Skills:
Students work in cooperative groups to draw and
label maps showing the gingerbread boy's
adventures. Hope you can use some of these!
After reading the Gingerbread Baby by, Jan Brett
we decorate gingerbread cookies. After that
I do a wonderful math lesson with my class.
Everyone in the class takes their first bite of
their cookie at the same time. They only
take one bite. Then we graph where everyone
took their first bite, i.e. head, foot, arm or
body. We make a class graph with
gingerbread baby's cut from paper. The
student rips the body part that they bit
first. After making the graph, the student's
eat the rest of their cookie
year I have my preschoolers make a ornament at
Christmas time. This is what we did
last year. I used 2 different shades of
brown fun foam sheets. Trace a shape that
looks like a cutting board with a handle, out of
the darker brown. With the lighter
brown, trace gingerbread people, small
enough to fit both on the board. (I did a
boy and a girl). I have those you can cut
the shapes out and help the others who
can't. Using tacky glue, glue the
gingerbread people to the board. With red
and white puff paint, have them decorate their
people. Use a hole punch to make a hole at
the top and attach red or green ribbon to hang
by. These come out just darling and the children
really enjoyed doing them.
Grade Taught: Elementary Math Pre-K through
Lesson level: primary
After reading The
we follow-up with the following math ideas.
analysis we start with each child getting a
gingerbread cookie. Before eating them
though, they have to decide if they which part of
the gingerbread cookie they would bite
first: the right arm, left arm, right foot,
left foot or the head. They graph this by
each getting a gingerbread cut-out (from a
die-cut system) and tearing off the "first
bite". They are then graphed to see
which part is the most popular starting point.
each child gets a big paper gingerbread cookie to
decorate. We first talk about symmetry and
how everything on one side must be just like the
other side. Then using paper, trims, beads,
or whatever you choose (or have available), the
students make their symmetrical gingerbread
men. I then string them up in the room for
I make gingerbread men out of construction paper
and then cut them in half in random cuts so no
two are alike. The facts go on one half and
the answers on the other half. If the cuts
are different, it makes the activity
self-checking. Variations could be number
words and numbers, shapes and names, coins and
values, clocks and times, etc.
make large (9x12) gingerbread men and let the
students design patterns around the outside edge
using fruit loops. Actually, they can
estimate the number of fruit loops it would take
to do this first. When finished, they can
count how many they used and compare with their
estimate. For older students, have them
find the difference.
Grade: Multi-Age 2nd Grade (mornings are with 2nd
but afternoons are K-2nd)
Here is a
listening activity that I use every year around
Christmas. You will need an outline of a
gingerbread person. The students will decorate
their gingerbread person according to the
directions. It is interesting to see what each
child's gingerbread will look like when
completed. This is also easy to alter and vary
depending on your class. Different aspects of
this can then be turned into a graph or these can
be put onto a bulletin board to display for
families to see.
Color eyes the
same color as your own.
If you have a:
dog = triangle nose
cat = square nose
bird = circle nose
fish = diamond nose
If you like: to read = red smile
computers = blue smile
play outside = green smile
play in the rain = yellow smile
draw/color = purple smile
puzzles = orange smile
If you were born in: January = purple hair
February = red hair
March = green hair
April = blue hair
May = yellow hair
June = pink hair
July = brown hair
August = blue and green hair
September = red and yellow hair
October = orange hair
November = purple and orange hair
December = red and green hair
Color 1 blue stripe on the left arm for each
brother you have
Color 1 red stripe on the right arm for each
sister you have
Color 1 button for year of age (example: 7 years
Color 1 stripe on the feet for each tooth that
you have lost
Pre-K Math Activity:
Items need:2-3 sheet of fun foam or felt
I start by cutting out and decorating 55 small
gingerbread men cut from fun foam. You could also
use felt. I attached the ginger bread men to 10
ribbons (example: 1 on the first ribbon, two on
the second ribbon etc.) These I attached with a
hot glue gun. Leave a small piece of ribbon
showing at the top. I then strung clothespins,
numbered 1-10 on a piece of yarn, on the wall.
The children choose a ribbon, count the
gingerbread men and clip it on the appropriate
clip. It has been very successful. I was worried
that the gingerbread men would fall off after a
few days but hey have stayed on beautifully.
(Sorry I don't have a picture to share!)
This was used in a lesson for a way
to make a map or community living. We made
gingerbrread homes out of small brown paper lunch
bags. Each group of students had a part of the
town to build. Such as the post office, the fire
company, school. They were given the lunch bag
and had to come up with an idea for their
building. They could put on any candy or
decorations the team deemed useful.Real or paper
candies After the houses are built the class
decides how they want to Gingerbread Town to
How to make the
1. Paint the bags brown using sponges dipped in
2. Measure 10 inches from the bottom and draw a
light line across the bag
3. On the side of the bag draw the peak of the
house and cut the bag to get a roof look
4. staple the top of the bag together and put
some fiberfill on the top of the bag to look like
snow. A little goes a long way.
5. You can even use a little potpourri to make
them smell like gingerbread.
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