Gingerbread Theme!


Gingerbread is a sweet that can take the form of a cake or a cookie in which the predominant flavor is ginger.

Book List

Gingerbread Baby - Jan Brett

The Gingerbread Boy - Paul Galdone

The Gingerbread Doll - Susan Clarion

The Gingerbread Man - Davis Cutts

The Gingerbread Man - Eric A. Kimmel

The Gingerbread Man - John A. Rowe

The Gingerbread Man - Karen Lee Schmidt

The Gingerbread Man - Pam Adams

The Gingerbread Man - Sally Belly

The Gingerbread Man - Scott Cook

Maisy Makes Gingerbread - Lucy Cousins

Peek-A-Boo Gingerbread House - Scott McDougall

What's in the Fox's Sack? - Paul Galdone

Whiff, Sniff, Nibble, Chew - Charlotte


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Songs & Fingerplays & More!

The Gingerbread House

Roll the dough, cut it too.
I'll make a gingerbread house for you.
In the oven, let it bake,
It takes so long, for heaven's sake!
It smells so good, pass the cream!
No! Don't eat the house of my dream.
Pipe the icing, let it dry.
The house is standing - I don't know why!
Shingle the roof, shutters on sides.
The house takes shape, I glow with pride,
Making gardens, gates and trees.
That's my fence - don't eat it, please!
Moving at a harried pace,
Candies flying everyplace
Keep on going - just can't rest,
Get it done, here come the guests.
"Oh it's beautiful!" - so they say
I turn and look the other way...
CHOMP!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare,
from Gingerbread for All Season by Teresa Layman

The Gingerbread Man - sung to "The Muffin Man"

Oh, do you know the Gingerbread Man,
Gingerbread Man, Gingerbread Man?
Oh, do you know the Gingerbread Man,
Who ran and ran and ran?

He said, "Catch me if you can,
If you can, if you can,
He said, "Catch me if you can,
Then ran and ran and ran.

I can run like the Gingerbread Man,
Gingerbread Man, Gingerbread Man.
I can run like the Gingerbread Man,
Now catch me if you can.

~Jean Warren, Totline Books, Theme-A-Saurus

Fingerplay

5 Little gingerbread men on the tray,
(place 5 fingers of one hand onto the open palm of the other hand--the tray.)
One jumped up and ran away.
("run" one finger away)
Catch me, Oh catch me, Oh catch me if you can!
I'm pretty fast, I am the gingerbread man!

4 Little gingerbread men on the tray,
(4 fingers on the tray....etc.)
One jumped up and ran away.
Catch me, Oh catch me, Oh catch me if you can!
I'm pretty fast, I am the gingerbread man!

Continue to zero...

No little gingerbread men on the tray
I will have to bake more on another day!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Gingerbread Man Fingerplay

Stir a bowl of gingerbread (stir as in a bowl)
Smooth and spicy brown
Roll it with a rolling pin (roll as if with a rolling pin)
Up and up and down
With a cookie cutter (pretend to cut cookie)
Make some little men.
Put them in the oven (put pan in the oven)
Until half past ten.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Gingerbread Children by Ilo Orleans

Gingerbread children
Stand in a row--
Very good children
Always, you know.

They never will jump
Or kick or leap,
Or start to cry when
It's time to sleep.

They never run off
Or look around.
And no one has heard
Them make a sound.

Gingerbread children
Are fine to meet;
But, much better still,
They're good to eat!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Gingerbread Boy and Gingerbread Girl on a Tree

I'm a little gingerbread boy.(Boys bow.)
I'm a little gingerbread girl.(Girls bow.)
I can jump, (All jump.)
And I can twirl. (All turn around.)

I have raisins (Point to eyes.)
For my eyes,
And bright red buttons (Point to buttons down chest.)
Just this size.

I have a mouth,
It looks like this. (Point to smiling mouth.)
I can even
Blow a kiss. (Blow a kiss.)

I'm warm and tasty,
But don't eat me. (Shake head.)
Hang me on
Your Christmas tree! (Put hands over head.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?

Sit in a circle and chant
"Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?"
Everyone gets a cookie when the game is done.
Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?
Mrs. Smith stole the cookies from the cookie jar!
Who, me?
Yes, you!
Couldn't be!
Then who?

~Submitted by Becce in Missouri

Gingerbread Boy Song - Eat, Eat, Your Gingerbread Boy - sung to "Row, Row, Row, Your Boat"

Eat, eat, your Gingerbread Boy,
Before he runs away.
Faster, faster, faster please,
Don't let him get away!

Catch, catch the Gingerbread Boy,
Catch him, yes, today.
Faster, faster, faster still,
For he has run away.

Say bye-bye to the
Gingerbread Boy.
Say good-bye today.
Say so long for he is gone.
The fox ate him today.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Five Little Gingerbread Men

Make felt gingerbread men to go along with the song. Make them from gingerbread colored felt & cut them large. Create faces and hats and collared vests with buttons- all painted on with slick paint that squeezes from a bottle. Kids LOVE this song.

Five little gingerbread men in a row
(Hold up five fingers, waving back & forth)
Not gonna' eat one no, no, no.
(shake finger and head side to side)
But they look so sweet from head to toe
(hand binoculars at eyes touch head thentoes)
Crunch, munch... uh oh!
(slap thighs on crunch, clap hands on munch, then put hands over mouth on uh oh)

Continue til...

No little gingerbread men in a row
Wasn't gonna' eat one, no, no, no
But they looked so sweet that it's sad to tell
(binoculars on sweet, then index fingers run down cheeks to represent tears on sad) Crunch..munch... oh well!
(slap thighs once, clap once, then throw hands up and shrug shoulders)

~Submitted by Becce in Missouri

The Gingerbread Man Story

Once upon a time there was a little old woman and a little old man, and they lived all alone in a little old house. They had 't any little girls or any little boys, at all. So one day, the little old woman made a boy out of gingerbread; she made him a chocolate jacket, and put cinnamon seeds in it for buttons; his eyes were made of fine, fat currants; his mouth was made of rose-colored sugar; and he had a gay little cap of orange sugar-candy. When the little old woman had rolled him out, and dressed him up, and pinched his gingerbread shoes into shape, she put him in a pan; then she put the pan in the oven and shut the door; and she thought, "Now I shall have a little boy of my own."

When it was time for the Gingerbread Boy to be done she opened the oven door and pulled out the pan. Out jumped the little Gingerbread Boy on to the floor, and away he ran, out of the door and down the street! The little old woman and the little old man ran after him as fast as they could, but he just laughed, and shouted, "Run! run! as fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

And they couldn't catch him.

The little Gingerbread Boy ran on and on, until he came to a cow, by the roadside. "Stop, little Gingerbread Boy." said the cow; "I want to eat you." The little Gingerbread Boy laughed, and said, "I have run away from a little old woman, And a little old man, And I can run away from you, I can!"

And, as the cow chased him, he looked over his shoulder and cried, "Run! run! as fast as you can! "You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

And the cow couldn't catch him.

The little Gingerbread Boy ran on, and on, and on, till he came to a horse, in the pasture. "Please stop, little Gingerbread Boy," said the horse, "you look very good to eat." But the little Gingerbread Boy laughed out loud. "Oho! oho!" he said, "I have run away from a little old woman, A little old man, A cow, And I can run away from you, I can!"

And, as the horse chased him, he looked over his shoulder and cried, "Run! run! as fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

And the horse could 't catch him.

By and by the little Gingerbread Boy came to a barn full of farmers. When the farmers smelled the Gingerbread Boy, they tried to pick him up, and said, "Don't run so fast, little Gingerbread Boy; you look very good to eat." But the little Gingerbread Boy ran harder than ever, and as he ran he cried out, "I have run away from a little old woman, A little old man, A cow, A horse, And I can run away from you, I can!"

And when he found that he was ahead of the farmers, he turned and shouted back to them, "Run! run! as fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

And the farmers couldn't catch him.

Then the little Gingerbread Boy ran faster than ever. He ran and ran until he came to a field full of mowers. When the mowers saw how fine he looked, they ran after him, calling out, "Wait a bit! wait a bit, little Gingerbread Boy, we wish to eat you!" But the little Gingerbread Boy laughed harder than ever, and ran like the wind. "Oho! oho!" he said, "I have run away from a little old woman, A little old man, A cow, A horse, A barn full of farmers, And I can run away from you, I can!"

And when he found that he was ahead of the mowers, he turned and shouted back to them, "Run! run! as fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

And the mowers could 't catch him.

By this time the little Gingerbread Boy was so proud that he didn't think anybody could catch him. Pretty soon he saw a fox coming across a field. The fox looked at him and began to run. But the little Gingerbread Boy shouted across to him, "You can't catch me!" The fox began to run faster, and the little Gingerbread Boy ran faster, and as he ran he chuckled, "I have run away from a little old woman, A little old man, A cow, A horse, A barn full of farmers, A field full of mowers, And I can run away from you, I can! Run! run! as fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!" "Why," said the fox, "I would not catch you if I could. I would not think of disturbing you." Just then, the little Gingerbread Boy came to a river. He could not swim across, and he wanted to keep running away from the cow and the horse and the people.

"Jump on my tail, and I will take you across," said the fox. So the little Gingerbread Boy jumped on the fox's tail, and the fox swam into the river. When he was a little way from shore he turned his head, and said, "You are too heavy on my tail, little Gingerbread Boy, I fear I shall let you get wet; jump on my back."

The little Gingerbread Boy jumped on his back. A little farther out, the fox said, "I am afraid the water will cover you, there; jump on my shoulder." The little Gingerbread Boy jumped on his shoulder. In the middle of the stream the fox said, "Oh, dear! little Gingerbread Boy, my shoulder is sinking; jump on my nose, and I can hold you out of water."

So the little Gingerbread Boy jumped on his nose.

The minute the fox got on shore he threw back his head, and gave a snap!

"Dear me!" said the little Gingerbread Boy, "I am a quarter gone!" The next minute he said, "Why, I am half gone!" The next minute he said, "My goodness gracious, I am three quarters gone!"

And after that, the little Gingerbread Boy never said anything more at all.

~Submitted by Becce in Missouri

The Gingerbread Man - sung to "Wheels on the Bus"

The gingerbread man ran through the town,
Through the town, through the town.
The gingerbread man ran through the town,
Singing, "You'll never catch me."

He ran away from a cow,
cow, cow
He ran away from a cow,
Singing, "You will never catch me."

He ran away from a sheep,
sheep, sheep
He ran away from a sheep without a peep,
Singing, "You will never catch me."

He ran away from a dog,
dog, dog
He ran away from a dog,
> Singing, "You will never catch me."

Then he came to a fox,
fox, fox
The fox sat on a box and said,
"You can trust me"
Then he ate him, yes sir - ee.

~Submitted by Becce in Missouri

Gingerbread Flannel Board Story

George, The Gingerbread Man

This is a story for the flannelboard. Before reading the story make a gingerbread man out of brown, blue, green, orange, black, white, purple, pink, yellow, and red felt. Use construction paper and glue to sticks for stick puppets.(On the felt put wiggle eyes and use fabric paint to decorate)

Once upon a time, there was a little gingerbread man named George. He loved to run and play outside. He loved to cry this chant to his friends: Run! Run, as fast as you can! What color am I? (put up brown man) I'm the Gingerbread Man! Of course, all of George's friends were very smart. They all knew that a gingerbread man was...(Pause for children to say,"Brown!") One day George decided to see if he could fool his smart friends. He decided to change himself to a different color. So he covered himself with blueberry icing. He ran outside and cried his chant to his friends: Run! Run, as fast as you can! What color am I? (put up blue man) I'm the Gingerbread Man! Of course, all of George's friends were very smart. They all knew that blueberry icing was... (Pause for children to say "Blue!") *But George did not give up. He was sure he could fool his smart friends. So he changed himself to a different color. He covered himself with lime icing. He ran outside to play and cried his chant to his friends: Run! Run, as fast as you can! What color am I? (Put up green man) I'm the Gingerbread man! Of course, all of George's friends were very smart. They all knew that lime icing was...(Pause for children to say, "Green!")

Repeat the story from * seven more times, each time substituting one of the following icing flavors and the corresponding Gingerbread Man color in place of the original words: icing flavor: Gingerbread Man color: pumpkin orange licorice black vanilla white grape purple strawberry pink lemon yellow cherry red George just could not fool his smart friends! But he was very happy anyway. All of his friends knew the colors, just as you do. (For a yummy follow-up activity, have each child ice a gingerbread-man cookie with his favorite color.

~Submitted by Becce in Missouri

Gingerbread Man (Jimmy Crack Corn)

A baker took some ginger dough And shaped a man from head to toe. When it was baked, the cookie fled Here is what the cookie said:

Chorus Run! Run! As fast as you can! You can't catch me, I 'm the gingerbread man! Run! Run! As fast as you can! I'm the gingerbread man! ***** The cookie man ran past a cow Who said, "i want to eat you now!" The cookie man just laughed and fled, Here is what the cookie said: Chorus: *** A farmer saw the man go by, He chased him low, he chased him high, The cookie man just shook his head. Here is what the cookie said:

Chorus: ***

He finally reached a river wide, A fox asked, "Would you like a ride?" The cookie sat on the fox's head, Here is what the sly fox said: "You can't run! That's my plan! I'm going to eat you, gingerbread man! You can't run! That's my plan!" And he ate the gingerbread man!

Moral of the story... people who boast about their abilities may someday be caught with their guard down.

Cut the top off the student milk carton. Give each child a piece of paper folded in fourths. Have them draw a picture of the gingerbread man, the cow, the farmer and the fox. Glue these to the milk carton so that when the child inserts their hand the characters are the right way. As the poem is re read have them turn the carton so the correct character faces forward.

~Submitted by Becce in Missouri

Gingerbread Children

Gingerbread children
Stand in a row--
Very good children
Always, you know.

They never will jump
Or kick or leap,
Or start to cry when
It's time to sleep.

They never run off
Or look around.
And no one has heard
Them make a sound.

Gingerbread children
Are fine to meet;
But, much better still,
They're good to eat!

~Submitted by Becce in Missouri



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