I love to teach a mini-unit during the month of December about the Gingerbread man. It is the perfect introduction if you are going to make Gingerbread houses! Here are some of my favorite Gingerbread man books to read-aloud to students:
- Kidzone has a great 5-day unit plan with links to lots of great activities: Kidzone’s Gingerbread Unit
- I love Starfall! They have an online interactive version of the story that students can enjoy. Also, at the end of the story there are pages to print out and use. Gingerbread Man Online Story . Here are some links to Starfall’s printable activities that you can print out related to their Gingerbread Man story:
Gingerbread Following Directions (color and shape recognition as well)
Gingerbread Labeling (use shape words to label parts of the gingerbread man’s body)
- Hubbard’s Cupboard also has a great 5-day unit plan for the Gingerbread Man: The Gingerbread Man There are lots of great pictures and ideas here!
- KizClub has a great gingerbread matching game that you can print: Gingerbread Matching Full-Color
- Here is another Gingerbread themed file folder game from Preschool Printables: Gingerbread Buttons File Folder Game
- Pre-K Fun has a great color related file folder game to print: Gingerbread Color Game
- They also have lots of great ideas on their Gingerbread page. Check it out: PreK Fun Gingerbread Man Ideas
- Check out these lesson ideas from Webbing into Literacy: Webbing into Literacy the Gingerbread Man
- Mathwire.com (a fantastic site with lots of great ideas) has an entire page devoted to math related Gingerbread man activities: Mathwire’s Gingerbread Man Math page
Here is a link to some sample pages from a Gingerbread Thematic Unit book from Teacher Created Materials: Gingerbread Man Unit Sample Pages
- Here are some ideas and story printables from Oxford University Press to use with the Gingerbread Man. These pieces would be fantastic for sequencing the story. Gingerbread Man Ideas from Oxford University Press. Here is another great game from Oxford University Press to use with the Gingerbread Man: Gingerbread Man Game
- Beth Morettini, a speech therapist, shared this great book: Gingerbread Man Can
- Here is an activity card from http://www.teach.virginia.edu that features form cards that you can use to sequence and retell the story: Gingerbread Man Activity Card
- Frog Street Press’ Theme Series has this great book, “The Gingerbread Man Finds Shapes”. Here is a great activity guide to accompany this book: Gingerbread Man Finds Shapes Activity Guide. Here are some more great ideas from Frog Street Press’ Newsletter:
Gingerbread Man Ornaments (This would be a great gift for students to make!)
- Jennifer Wagner shared these great Gingerbread themed worksheets: Gingerbread Man Project worksheets (scroll down on the page to find these).
- Mrs. Anderson’s Little Giraffe website has this great Roll-a-Gingerbread Man game. These games are great center activities! Roll a Gingerbread Man Game Dotted Gingerbread Man
- Marcia Goudie shared these adorable emergent readers:
- Sew What 4 U has some wonderful Gingerbread Activities here to download: Gingerbread Ideas and Downloads
- I don’t know who created this, but I thought that this would be a cute idea for a class book. Have each child write or dictate where they think the Gingerbread man went. Students can glue a gingerbread die-cut and illustrate their pages, then compile the pages to make a class book! Her is the page: Have you Seen the Gingerbread Man class book cover
- Jan Brett, the children’s book author, has a wonderful website that is FULL of great, free printable resources. Here is a link to a board game that you can make to accompany her book, “Gingerbread Baby” Gingerbread Baby Board Game. She also has some great character printables to accompany this book: Gingerbread Baby Character Masks. This is a great resource to use for retelling and sequencing! She also has this great web-based activity where you can create a gingerbread house and print it in color: Gingerbread Baby Design a House. On top of all of these great resouces, she also has some recipes! Here are the links: Gingerbread Baby Recipe Gingerbread Baby Icing
- Frog Street Press’ Newsletter features this adorable -at family activity. This is perfect for centers! My Favorite Cookie Activity
- Here are some worksheets and printables that I created to use with my students. I hope that you find these helpful!
an-family-mat Note: I use these mats with cookie sheets from Dollar Tree and letter magnets. Students use the magnets to create -an family words.
gingerbread-man-poem Note: I include this poem with students’ painted versions of the gingerbread man for their memory book page for the month of December.
gingerkids-poem Note: I cut out the poem and number gingerbread die cuts with the numbers 1-10. Students place these in order then glue on a piece of construction paper. I include the poem at the bottom of the page.
Here are some links to some other great gingerbread man ideas and activities:
- Virtual Vine’s Gingerbread Man Unit
- Green Gables Kindergarten December Page
- G is for Gingerbread Unit from KinderKorner
- Integrated Gingerbread Man Unit created by Carol Gossett
- Mrs. Anderson’s Gingerbread Unit
- Kinder Hive’s Gingerbread Unit (note: the link to this site is using the internet wayback machine, some of the links and/or pictures on this site may not be available)
- Hubbard’s Cupboard Gingerbread Man Five-Day Unit
- Little Giraffe’s Gingerbread Goodies