Gingerbread Theme!

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Theme Ideas

Gingerbread Twins Matching Game

Give each student a sheet of construction paper with two Gingerbread Men outlined on it. Have them color the two as twins so that they match exactly ... same color eyes, same color icing, etc. They can be as creative as they like, as long as both look the same. Laminate and cut out, and use in a center to play various matching games like concentration. Make "cookie sheets" from cardboard covered with aluminum foil (or use real cookie sheets) for each student to collect their matching pairs. We do a similar activity with Mittens during our Snowmen and Mittens unit in January, hanging the mittens on a mini clothesline.

~Submitted by Becce in Missouri

Gingerbread Hunt

Have a gingerbread hunt. Make a large 3-dimensional gingerbread man out of brown paper. Have the children decorate it. Introduce it to the group at the beginning of the wee. On Friday during circle time, "notice" that the gingerbread person is gone. Have a note or clue (depending on the age group) where the gingerbread person went to. Go to that place (somewhere in the school, another class, the kitchen, the nurse's office etc.) only to find another note from the gingerbread person. Do this several times, and finally, find the gingerbread person.

~Submitted by Missy in PA

GingerBread Activities

1. After reading the story of the Gingerbread Man, have the class make a giant gingerbread man or decorate individual ones. While the children are out of the room, hide the gingerbread man in another part of the school/center. Once the children have arrived back in the room, and once the children realize that the gingerbread man is gone, the entire class as a group must search for him. Go room to room encouraging the children to ask for the gingerbread man. Encourage the children to use the phrase (as the gingerbread man did) run run run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man! Once you find him, eat him!

2. Read the gingerbread story & have a "note" mysteriously appeared at the end of the story. It says that the gingerbread was here and is hiding somewhere. (Give different clues & make them rhyme). In the end, there's a gallon of milk and a plate of gingerbread cookies.

3. Read the story of the Gingerbread Man. Emphasize the part of Run, run, run, as fast as you can, you can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man! After reading the story, as a group project make a large gingerbread man (I follow the cake mix directions on the package and add a little extra flour to make it thicker and then we scoop out batter and put it on a cookie sheet molding it as best as we can to make it look like a gingerbread man). When the gingerbread man is done cooking, allow the children to frost it and decorate it with whatever candy items you want. Keep talking about the story during the process and tell the children you hope their Gingerbread Man doesn't run away. While the children are outside (or away from the room) take the gingerbread man and hide him somewhere. Leave footprints by the door! The kids must now go room to room looking for the gingerbread man and find him so they can eat him!

*Variation (works well for younger children) let the children decorate pre-made or store bought gingerbread men (Pepperidge Farms makes one). Then, have the entire tray disappear.

After reading the story: the kids help make a large cookie-sheet sized Gingerbread Man with the dough I made at home the night before, and decorate it with frosting and red-hots. Sometimes I make the shape and the kids just do the decorating. Bake it in the kitchen. When we go to get him, we find that the Gingerbread Man is missing, and a note is in his place: "Dear Boys and Girls, I have run away! Look for me in the ____________." We continue looking and in each place, we find a note from the Gingerbread Man telling where to look next After we find that Gingerbread man we eat him up quickly before he runs away again!

~Submitted by Becce in Missouri

Dramatic Play

Act out the story with the children...to help them "feel" the part, give each child a picture of the character which has a yarn necklace attached that they can wear around their necks.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Place brownish-cinnamon scented playdough in the sensory table with gingerbread cookie cutters of various sizes...don't forget the cookie sheets & rolling pins.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Center Games

Make a one-to-one correspondence matching game using gingerbread man shaped erasers. Trace the gingerbread men shapes on to a gray piece of construction paper with the edges trimmed to look like a cookie sheet. Children place the gingerbread man shaped erasers on each outlined shape. To make the game a bit more challenging, add a pair of dice for children to roll...the number they roll is the number of gingerbread men they must place on that turn.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Cut gingerbread men shapes and decorate them into matching pairs. Mix them up and let the children discover the pairs.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Dramatic Play - play bakery at the dramatic play center...

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

The Gingerbread Man (This is a good transition game)

Tell your own version of "The Gingerbread Man." A two-year-old's attention span is very short, so the story should be, too.

Here is an idea:
Once upon a time there was a little ginger-bread man who loved to run. After breakfast he would say, "Run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man." Each time you say the words "run, run," take your child's hand and run in a circle. Continue the story, adding about two sentences at a time. For example, The gingerbread man went to see his grandma, and when he got there he said, "Run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man." Soon your two-year-old will understand that whenever he hears "run, run," it's time for him to run. As a special treat, finish this game with a real gingerbread man.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Gingerbread Man Game

Cut a big gm shape out of brown posterboard, cut little assorted shapes from different colors of construction paper, glue these around the edge of the game, then decorate game with construction paper eyes, nose, smile, buttons, etc. Laminate the game. Color ends of four clothespins each with a different color with marker. Make a die from a little wood cube with only numbers 1, 2, and 3. Directions for the game- Using the die, roll and move clothespin along outside of gm. The space the player lands on must be identified by shape and color. If they cannot be identified, the player cannot move to that space but must stay where he's at. The first player to the end wins.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Cut gingerbread men shapes and decorate them into matching pairs. Mix them up and let the children discover the pairs.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Math

Use the "runaway" activity. Have each of the children eat a gingerbread. Then give each a paper gingerbread and have them "tear off" the part they ate first. Then make a graph to compare the information.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Make gingerbread cookies from scratch. Put all the cooking tools in a bag and before you pull them out, describe them and see if they can guess the tool's name.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Links!

The Ultimate Gingerbread Theme for Preschool and Kindergarten - The Preschool Toolbox
Gingerbread Theme - A to Z Teacher's Stuff
G is for Gingerbread - Mrs. Alphabet
The Gingerbread Factory
Annie's Gingerbread Welcome Page
Gingerbread Coloring Page - Jan Brett
Gingerbread Baby Animal Masks - Jan Brett
Gingerbread Baby Recipe - Jan Brett
Gingerbread Baby Icing - Jan Brett
Gingerbread Baby House - Jan Brett
All About Gingerbread Baby - Jan Brett
Gingerbread Man Thematic Unit - Kidzone
The Gingerbread Hunt - Mrs. Ayers KinderThemes
Gingerbread Man (Woman) Chain - DLTK


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