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Gingerbread Man

Run, run as fast as you can!
You can't catch me,
I'm the Gingerbread Man!

*Fingerplays/Songs

Gingerbread
Need: Stir a bowl of gingerbread

Smooth and spicy brown
Roll it with a rolling pin
Up and up and down
Take a cookie cutter
Make a little one
Put it in the oven
Wait until it's done

Countdown we count to 8 to coincide with
The Gingerbread Baby
At 8 I ask each child if their gingerbread baby is eaten or did he run away. Contributed by: Jackie Foster

Who Stole The Cookies From The Cookie Jar?

Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?
child's name stole the cookies from the cookie jar!
Who, me?
Yes, you!
Couldn't be!
Then who?

Note: This is a good poem to use in your Pocket Chart. Write the poem on sentence strips, leaving a blank where the person's name goes. Make a set of names (include the adults name too) for the children to use in reading the chart.

5 Gingerbread Men
(Use the left hand open, palm up, as the tray, and lay the other fingers on the tray until each runs away)

Five little gingerbread men lying on a tray,
One jumped up and ran away.
Shouting "Catch me, catch me, catch me if you can
I run really fast, I'm a gingerbread man!"

Four little gingerbread men lying on a tray,
One jumped up and ran away.
Shouting "Catch me, catch me, catch me if you can
I run really fast, I'm a gingerbread man!"

Three little gingerbread men lying on a tray,
One jumped up and ran away.
Shouting "Catch me, catch me, catch me if you can
I run really fast, I'm a gingerbread man!"

Two little gingerbread men lying on a tray,
One jumped up and ran away.
Shouting "Catch me, catch me, catch me if you can
I run really fast, I'm a gingerbread man!"

One little gingerbread man lying on a tray,
He jumped up and ran away.
Shouting "Catch me, catch me, catch me if you can
I run really fast, I'm a gingerbread man!"

No more gingerbread men lying on a tray,
They all jumped up and ran away.
Oh, how I wish they had stayed with me to play.
Next time I'll eat them before they run away.

Gingerkids
(tune: "10 Little Indians")

One little, two little, three little gingerkids.
Four little, five little, six little gingerkids.
Seven little, eight little, nine little gingerkids.
Ten little gingerbread kids

*Art

The children can apply glue to the whole shape, then decorate with the ginger, spice, cinnamon etc (this works very well if the spices are placed in little shakers, eg glitter shakers). Use the peppercorns and mustard seeds etc for buttons, eyes, nose, mouth etc.

This activity is a wonderfully sensory one: the smell of ginger, spice and cinnamon really appeals. Staple the finished gingerbread men to the wall, out of reach, as the spices and peppercorns can tend to come off if touched by little fingers. Dried herbs, paprika etc can also be
used: these add a richness of colour and smell.
Contributed By: Marion

Gingerbread People
Needed:: Brown kraft paper, scissors, glue, cotton balls
wiggle eyes, hole puncher, yarn for hanging, rick rack - buttons - sequins - stickers or cut paper decorations for toddlers If desired, spices, allspice, ginger, cinnamon

For Toddlers and 3's, cut 2 gingerbread people. Help them glue around the edges 3/4 of the way. Have them stuff with cotton balls, then glue on decorative items such as rick rack, buttons etc...

For younger children, cut paper or stickers can be used to decorate the gingerbread men.

Older students can cut out ther own ginger people, and also sew around them with yarn before stuffing. Hole punch the top and create a hanger. The cotton balls can also be scented with spices, allspice, ginger, cinnamon, before stuffing. Contributed By: Donna McGinnis

Gingerbread Kids
Need: Bulletin Board Paper or other large paper, construction paper

We made life-sized gingerbread kids in our class. I traced each child and then cut out. I supplied the children with pre-cut circles in red, green and black construction paper and pre-cut bows made from red and green construction paper. I also gave them pre-cut strips of green and red paper to make a belt. Other materials include glue and crayons.

The children used the black circles to make facial features. They glued a bow tie on the neck. They used the green and red pre-cut circles for buttons and the strips of red and green construction paper for belts. Then they colored and decorated the rest of the gingerkid with crayons.

They came out SOOO cute and we displayed them holding hands along our wall. It's a great activity to reinforce our colors of the month (red and green), shapes (circle), fine motor (gluing and coloring) and creativity. They had a blast doing it and it was so easy.
Contributed By: Bridget

Sandpaper Gingerbread Man

Using sandpaper, cut out a gingerbread man for each child. Direct the children to rub a cinnamon stick over the sandpaper Gingerbread Man over and over.

Place food coloring in your glue bottles to color your glue. Make icing from colored glue. Or decorate with college materials (wiggle eyes, buttons, pom poms, fabric paint, rick-rack, etc). Attach a ribbon to hang as an ornament.

Gingerbread Man Bulletin Board

Cut out a brown 81/2 inch by 11 inch gingerbread man for each child. Have the children decorate their Gingerbread Boy or Girl using a variety of college materials (ribbon, buttons, fabric, glitter, etc). You can attach the pattern to cardboard to give it extra strength.

On your bulletin board make a large paper Gingerbread house. Display the Gingerbread People on the bulletin board around the Gingerbread house.

*Math

Cookie Bite Graph
If you give the children gingerbread cookies to get, let them take one bite then STOP!  Have them come up to a graph you have made and place their name or a mark under what part they ate first (head, right foot or arm, left foot or arm, etc).

*Group Time

Gingerbread man- pin the button on
Need: Large "poster size" gingerbread man, circles, tape, mask

Version of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. Tape the poster-size gingerbread man on the wall. Put a big "X" where one of the buttons should be. Cut out circles and have the children take turns trying to place the button (circle) on the gingerbread man.Contributed By: Kristy

*Recipe

Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies
1 small box butterscotch pudding(not instant)
1/2 c. margarine or shortening, softened
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp.cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Cream the margarine and sugar. Add egg and mix.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix.
Cool at least an hour before rolling. Bake at 350 degrees.
5-10 minutes, depending the size of cookie cutter used.
This batch makes enough for about about 8 children.
Contributed By: Linda Knutson

*Things to Do

Gingerbread Man pattern to print and decorate.

Gingerbread Man and Candy Cane Tree color page.

*Things to Do-Other Sites

How to Make a Gingerbread Man puppet.

A paper Gingerbread House to decorate.

Gingerbread Man color by number


Jan Brett has published her own version called the "Gingerbread Baby" and the animals include, a goat , a dog, a fox, a cat, and a pig.

Gingerbread Baby color page

Gingerbread Baby Animals Mask to download & print

Gingerbread Baby Board Game to print and play

Gingerbread Baby House
Print the templates and make the Gingerbread Baby House

Gingerbread Baby bookmarks to print.

Gingerbread Baby recipe

Gingerbread Baby Picture Recipe

Gingerbread Baby Icing

Smart Cookie Award
Print out this full-color award for your children

Gingerbread Baby Picture Recipe


*Sitess to See

Gingerbread boy crochet pattern
Free crochet pattern for a gingerbread boy.

The History of Gingerbread

Gingerbread Man Printables

Memory Game Cards
Easy Maze
Easy Dot to Dot
Counting Cards

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