Gingerbread Man activities are great for December since they have no religious connotation but still help celebrate the season. There are so many great options for Gingerbread Man activities that I took the liberty of compiling a few of my favorite types of activities for kindergarten classrooms.
Gingerbread Man Activities with Books
Books are a great way to celebrate any season, any month, or any day really. Here are a few of my favorites that would be great to incorporate into your fun classroom Gingerbread Man activities. The first three titles you find are conventional takes on the traditional Gingerbread Man story. The second set of three are unconventional stories that branch off from the story we all know and love.
The Gingerbread Man by Catherine McCafferty is a classic retelling of the Gingerbread Man story we all remember from childhood. After wishing for a child of her own, an old woman decides to bake a Gingerbread Man, the perfect child. The Gingerbread Man comes to live, though, and proceeds to cause havoc for the old woman and her husband.
The Gingerbread Man (Easy-to-Read Folktales) by Karen Schmidt is a book for young readers that tells the traditional tale of the Gingerbread Man and all the problems he causes for the old man and woman, including when he meets a fox whose up to no good.
The Gingerbread Man Padded Hardcover Christmas Book by Gail Yerrill is a story meant for the youngest of readers to learn the lessons found within the conventional story of the Gingerbread Man. With bright colors and engaging text, this storybook is perfect for your kindergarten learners to enjoy Gingerbread Man activities in the classroom!
The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst is about the same old couple who baked a boy out of gingerbread, but this time they’ve decided to bake a little girl. This girl also meets the fox, but she has a few tricks of her own up her sleeve.
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray is a story all about what might happen if a Gingerbread Man were to get loose in the school. This book is a great introduction to fun Gingerbread Man activities in your classroom! Your students can imagine all sorts of mischief a Gingerbread Man would get into at your school!
The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup is all about some Christmas Gingerbread cookies left for Santa in the shape of pirates. In the middle of the night, these Gingerbread Man pirates get into crazy adventures.
Gingerbread Man Activities with Sequencing
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This fun Gingerbread Man sequencing activity will help your students to develop their reading comprehension while enjoying the traditional Gingerbread Man story. They need to cut and paste story elements in a sequenced order to show what happened first, next, then, and last.
Additional Gingerbread Man Activities & More Winter Activities for Your Classroom
Christmas Around the World Flip Books for Kindergarten is a great resource to introduce your students to different celebrations of Christmas in other parts of the world. Perfectly leveled for kindergarten readers, your students will be exposed to Christmas traditions in France, Italy, Russia, Germany, Mexico, and Australia.
The December Early Finishers Activity Task Cards for Kindergarten help students practice sight word recognition, rhyming words, number order, and more with a winter theme. Designed for quiet practice while waiting for other students to finish, these early finisher task cards are a great addition to your classroom.
Before you know it, January will be here and you can use the Winter Activities – Sensory Bin Literacy Centers for January. This resource contains six stations which include medial vowel sort, CVC look and write, CVC read and color, CVC read and change, missing medial vowel, and word family sort. These fun stations and activities will get your classroom ready for the new year!
Gingerbread Man activities are always fun to do with your students! They are a safe alternative to more religious activities in a secular classroom, but it still reminds students of the season while teaching important lessons. Using books with Gingerbread Man activities in your classroom will keep your students entertained and enjoying learning in your classroom. Let me know which ideas you plan to use in your classroom this year by commenting below! I love to hear from you!
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