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G is for Gingerbread

This page is all about Gingerbread Boys and Girls, and the many different ways to use them in your classroom.  You'll find fun Back to School activities and Holiday ideas, as well as lots of great songs and poems, science and art activities, suggested books and follow-up activities, plus links to other websites.


Run, run, as fast as you can,
You can't catch me,

I'm the Gingerbread Man!

I begin my G is for Gingerbread unit by reading one or more versions of the traditional Gingerbread Man tale.  There are many excellent versions of the story currently available, from easy to handle board books, to versions written specifically for emergent readers, to traditional Shared Reading picture books, to gorgeous Big Book editions (I use the Big Book edition from The Wright Group, which is available through their catalog).

After reading the Big Book several times -- until the children are chanting along with the Gingerbread Man as he runs away -- we do one or more follow up activities that involve decorating our own Gingerbread Men.  You'll find many of these activities below.

The following day, I reread the Big Book, and then begin introducing books that tell the story in a slightly different way.  My current favorite is Jan Brett's brand new book, Gingerbread Baby, published in 1999.  Scholastic had it in the September 2000 SeeSaw and Firefly bookclubs in a paperback edition, perfect for the Listening Center or your Browsing Baskets.  They also now have it in a Big Book edition, through the bookclubs, for under $20.  I just got it and it's great!  I also have my own hardcover copy for Shared Reading.
 


Gingerbread Baby
By Jan Brett

Jan Brett's newest story is filled with her gorgeous illustrations and beautiful borders that tell a story-within-a-story.  In this adaptation of a classic tale, a little boy named Matti opens the oven too soon and out pops a Gingerbread Baby!

A chase ensues and everyone but Matti is trying to catch the runaway cookie.  We see Matti in the page borders, building a gingerbread house to trap the spirited Gingerbread Baby .

Children will love the richly detailed lift-the-flap gingerbread house on the final page, where Matti catches the Gingerbread Baby at last.  This is a must-have book to add to your Jan Brett library.  Amazon has it in a durable hardcover edition, for 30% off
the publisher's price.

Watch an online video
Jan Brett reads and draws Gingerbread Baby


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After reading the book two or three times (children love and need repeated readings to build fluency and comprhension, as well as to simply enjoy the language and pictures), we make a Venn Diagram contrasting Gingerbread Baby with the more traditional Gingerbread Man story.

Visual representations and graphic organizers are authentic Shared Writing activities, where children can see that writing has a purpose.  Sharing these activities also helps them learn different ways of organizing information, which helps their developing brains to form connections and new paths, while storing background knowledge  for future reading experiences.
 


 
 

Next, I introduce two more stories, one per day, allowing time to discuss how each story is like and unlike both The Gingerbread Man and Gingerbread Baby.


The Gingerbread Boy

A contemporary version of a traditional tale, this runaway cookie is chased all over New York City by subway musicians, construction workers, a rat, and other delightful characters.  A fun addition to your class library.  New for 2000 ~ Now available in an inexpensive paperback edition.

The Cajun Gingerbread Boy

A fresh telling of the story set in Louisiana, where the cookie boy is eaten by a crocodile.  Children use a die-cut gingerbread boy to tell the story.  1996 Children's Choice Award recipient.


 

We make another Venn Diagram to compare the New York City Gingerbread Man with the Louisiana Cajun Gingerbread Man.  It's fun to contrast the settings, characters, and events in the two stories.  Because we read these stories about halfway through our school year, I also make a story map or character map, showing the sequence of events, who's in each story, etc.

All of these graphic organizer activities are excellent for integrating Language Arts with Math, and for modeling and encouraging thinking about literature.  We also do predictable chart writing about these stories, with each student creating the sentence
"I liked it when _______."

For information on doing think-alouds that model making connections, read Mosaic of Thought by Ellin Oliver Keene.  It's an excellent addition to your professional bookshelf that will change the way you present information to your students.  You'll learn ways to model creative thinking that accesses prior knowledge and teaches them how to make connections between literature and themselves, other stories, and the world around them.

After reading the three innovations on The Gingerbread Man, plus at least one version of the traditional tale, we make a graph showing which story was our favorite.


Which Story Do You Like Best?
Gingerbread Man

 

Gingerbread Baby

 

Cajun Gingerbread Boy
New York
Gingerbread
Boy

 

 


 


Jan Brett Author Study

I do an Author Study on Jan Brett in December and January.  Here are some more Jan Brett stories that my class really enjoys:

The Mitten

Based on a popular Ukranian folktale, Brett's story comes to life with her beloved hedgehog and his animal friends, all trying to fit inside a lost mitten.  The border illustrations help children to predict what will happen next.  You can print out full color masks of the characters at
http://www. janbrett.com.  Also available as a durable boardbook, and in a gift package that includes the book and a child-sized pair of mittens with a Hedgie decal.  This is a great story for teaching sequencing and also for dramatic play.

The Night Before Christmas

W. Clement Moore's classic poem, combined with Jan Brett's luscious illustrations, makes a gorgeous gift for kids and kids at heart that's bound to become a fmaily keepsake read every year.  This version has stow-away elves and a pig frolicking in the nighttime snow.  Also available on audio cassette.

The Hat

Hedgie the Hedgehog is the star of this wonderful companion volume to The Mitten.  Winner of the 1998 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.  Brett says she wrote the story based on this advice:  "Write what you know about."  She knew about two things, she says, "knitting and hedgehogs," and she added a third thing she wanted to know about, the country of Denmark, which she visited to research the illustrations.  Also available in a boardbook edition that comes with a stuffed Hedgie toy to cuddle.

Annie and the Wild Animals

Annie tries to make friend with Winter woodland animals after losing her cat.
Under $5.  Also available in hardcover and in a book-and-cassette edition.

Berlioz the Bear

A wonderfully fun story about a mishap on the way to the Village Ball.  Brett says she based Berlioz on on her husband Joe, who plays a large double bass with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  She also draws herself as a bear.  Jan and Joe went to Bavaria to research the illustrations Brett drew for this beautiful book.  Under $6 in paperback.  Also available in a durable hardcover edition.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Filled with Brett's lavish illustrations and borders, this is a visual treat.  Under $6.  Also available in hardcover.

Christmas Trolls

An enchanting story about a little girl named Treva, and how some trolls tried to steal her Christmas.  Everyone's favorite hedgehog is in this beautifully illustrated book.

The Wild Christmas Reindeer

Young Teeka is in charge of getting the wild reindeer ready to fly on Christmas Eve.  Beautiful illustrations of Santa's Winter Farm.  Under $6.  Also available in hardcover.

Trouble with Trolls

This time, the trolls try to steal a little girl's dog to make him their pet.  In the border illustrations, Hedgie is making himself at home in the troll's home.  Under $5 .  Also available in hardcover.

Don't forget to visit Jan Brett's wonderful website for lots of great activities, coloring pages, character masks, and even a full-color alphabet frieze featuring her favorite characters
http://www.janbrett.com
 
 



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! 


 


Our Favorite Gingerbread Man Stories

The Gingerbread Boy

A contemporary version of a traditional tale, this runaway cookie is chased all over New York City by subway musicians, construction workers, a rat, and other delightful characters.  A fun addition to your class library.  New for 2000 ~ Now available in an inexpensive paperback edition.

The Gingerbread Man

Nicely illustrated with a very cookie-like character.  Under $7 in hardcover.

The Cajun Gingerbread Boy

A fresh telling of the story set in Louisiana, where the cookie boy is eaten by a crocodile.  Children use a die-cut gingerbread boy to tell the story.  1996 Children's Choice Award recipient.

 


 

The Gingerbread Man

Retold by professor and storyteller Eric Kimmel, this one has a happy ending with a new batch of cookies headed for the oven.
Under $6.

The Gingerbread Boy

Delightfully illustrated by Paul Galdone, this paperback edition is a favorite with my students.  Under $6.


 

The Gingerbread Man

The familiar "Run, run, as fast as you can" is replaced in this story by another catchy rhyme.  Great for a comparison/contrast study.
Under $6.

Maisy Makes Gingerbread

Maisy is wildly popular with children this year.  This great book is available in paperback for under $3 and hardcover for under $7.

The Gingerbread Boy

A Puffin Easy to Read (Level 2) Storybook.
Under $4.

The Gingerbread Boy

A richly illustration rendition of this children's classic tale.  Under $5.


 

The Gingerbread Boy

This sturdy, colorful edition is the one I bought my own children several years ago.
Under $3.


 

My Gingerbread House

An oversized board book with a carrying handle, perfect for younger children.

 


 

The Gingerbread Man

Easy to Read Folktales
An inexpensive version to add to your reading corner.
Under $3.

 

The Little Cookie

A simple retelling of the Gingerbread Boy story, perfect for young children.  Under $6.  Also available in a hardcover edition.  Author Margaret Hillert's version of the Hansel and Gretel Story,
The Cookie House, would be a good literature tie-in with your Gingerbread Man theme.

 

Who's In My Gingerbread House?

A cute lift the flap book about a surprise party for Santa, with guests including Goldilocks, Snow White, and the Easter Bunny.  Kids love this one!  Under $5.


 
 



 
 
 

Gingerkids
tune:  Ten 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.


 
 

 
 
 

Compare and Contrast

The Stinky Cheese Man
and other
Fairly Stupid Tales

Your students will ask for this book over and over, and will roll on the floor giggling ... mine always do!  An irreverent look at many classic stories, by the author of The True Story of The Three Little Pigs.  A Caldecott Honor Book, and winner of many awards.


 
 


 
 


 
 

Gingerbread Man School Tour

Many teachers begin their school year by reading The Gingerbread Man to their kindergarten or first grade class, then going on a school-wide search for the missing cookie.  Here is a wonderful explanation of how it's done, contributed by KinderKorner subscriber Jenni Biggins:

On the first day of school, we prepare a large Gingerbread man (I use boxed GB mix that I bring mixed and already rolled in a ball).  We 
roll it out and cut the cookie, then we take it to the oven to bake.  When we return to class, I read them the traditional version of the Gingerbread Man.   it's fun to see if anyone makes the association and worries about ours in the oven!  After the story, we go to recess.

After recess, we return to the oven to pick up our GB man and of course he's vanished!  We sadly return to the room and do a 1st day of school paper with an outline of the GB man on one side for the kids to decorate and a note explaining what happened to parents.  On the other side, they draw a picture of themselves.

Each day that week, we go to a different area of the 
school to look for our runaway.  At each place, there is a note/poem on a cut out GB man 'hiding'-- as we meet the person associated with that area (i.e., the Principal, etc.), one of the children will spot the note.  This continues until Friday when he returns to us (after recess, 'sitting' in my chair), with a new poem and a take home note to save.

During the week I read many versions of the GB man, including a new 
Cajun version I LOVE and we do many related activities across the curriculum.  The poems are as follows:

Note in Oven

Dear Boys and Girls,
Tomorrow look for me around________.
And inside of books,
I'm famous for running away
And for my delicious looks!

School Office

The office is a busy place.
The secretary has a friendly face.
She types with her left,
Writes notes with her right.
When the phone rings,
She takes the call
Without using any hands at all!

Principal's Office

This is the Principal's office.
___________ is nice you know.
She told me not to run anymore,
But to walk wherever I go!

Nurse's Office

The nurse is our friend 
And I'll tell you why.
She'll check your ears
And she'll check your eyes.
She'll fix the hurt that makes you cry.
I have to run now -- can't say good-bye!

Custodian

This is ________'s room.
Do you see the mop and broom?
He empties the basket
And locks the door.
________ is kind and good.
Can we help him?
We should!

Cafeteria

This is the lunch room.
_______ likes us a bunch!
She always makes sure 
We have a good lunch.
If we're very polite and
help keep it clean,
And use soft voices
Our school will be keen!

Here's the poem/note that is with the GB man when he 'returns'
to the classroom and it also goes home on the last day
with the note to Mom and Dad:

Dear Boys and Girls,
I've run and run
I need some rest
I think this room is the best!
Love, The Gingerbread Man
 
 

Dear Mom and Dad,
The Gingerbread Man found me today, 
but I couldn't bring him home because 
I ate him!  Instead I brought this little 
paper one home to remind me in later 
years how hard I hunted for him this 
week in Kindergarten at
___________________school, Date.

Many thanks to Jenni for sharing this activity!


Another teacher sent in these additional suggestions
for "spicing up" the Gingerbread Man hunt and using the activity
to introduce the sense of smell:

How about reading The Gingerbread Boy and then
searching for the gingerbread boy around the school?
You could talk about what kind of clues can help you
find him.  Have someone spray cinnamon air freshener on
the path that leads to the Gingerbread Boy.  You could
also have the gingerbread boy drop clues ~ red hots,
marshmallows, etc.

And here's one more great idea to make this activity extra fun:

Leave a trail of white flour footprints for the children to follow around the school.  They can be sponged on with thinned white tempera paint that will wash or wipe off easily afterwards.

 


 
 
 


 

Follow Up Activities
For The Gingerbread Man

 

Creative Writing / Shared Writing

Have students brainstorm HOW they think the Gingerbread Man escaped from the oven.  Write their sentences on chart paper to make a Predictable Chart, then copy sentences to the bottom of pages they're illustrated for a class book.

My class enjoys making a Predictable Book with each child's name in it, using the following writing frame:

"Stop, stop!" said (student name).
But the Gingerbread Man said:
"Run, run, as fast as you can,
You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

I send the book home with a different student each night, to share with their families.  It's a great way to help them learn to read each other's names.


 
 

Gingerbread Man Song
tune: The Muffin Man

Oh, do you know the Gingerbread Man,
The Gingerbread Man, the 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.
The Gingerbread Man, the Gingerbread Man.
I can run like the Gingerbread Man,
Now catch me if you can.


 


Sequencing

Reread your favorite version of the story.  Make a Language Experience chart of who chased the Gingerbread Man first, second, third, and so on.  Make simple cards to use in the Pocket Chart to retell the story.

Make your own Gingerbread Man cookies.  While they are baking, make a Language Experience chart about how to bake cookies:  what did you do first (made the dough -- add details for older children), what did you do next, etc.  Write the steps on sentence strips for the Pocket Chart, and make a class Big Book with illustrations of each step done by pairs of students.  Older students can write and illustrate their own books about making a Gingerbread Man.

After decorating their own cookies (real ones or coloring a blackline paper Gingerbread Man), have students describe how to decorate a Gingerbread Man.  What goes on first ... eyes?  nose?  buttons?  squiggly lines?  Make individual books or a class Big Book called How to Frost a Cookie.

Graphing

Make a picture graph with columns for all the characters in the various versions of the story.  Reread each story, then graph the characters from each.  Compare and contrast the characters in each version, then write descriptive / comparative sentences ... i.e., All of the stories had a little old lady and a little old man, more stories had a fox than a crocodile.

After your students have decorated their own cookies, let them take one bite only then STOP!  Make a graph showing which part of the cookie was eaten first ... head, right foot or arm, left foot or arm, etc.  Ask children why they bit the part they did ... you'll get some crazy answers!

Have children decorate Gingerbread Man cookies.  Use real cookies or tagboard cutouts (the Ellison diecut is good for this).  Offer a variety of real foods to decorate with ... raisins, chocolate chips, red hots, squiggly colored frosting in tubes, etc.  When children finish decorating, make a graph for each part of the Gingerbread Man, showing what items were used to make that part, like the sample below:


Gingerbread Man Eyes
Raisins
Chocolate Chips
Red Hots
 

Cut out miniature Gingerbread Men from several colors of construction paper, using a handheld Pretty Punch / craft punch.  Mix them in a box or bag, then give each student a small pinch of Gingerbread Men.  Make individual graphs and group graphs of the different colors, and write comparitive sentences:  Lisa has more red Gingerbread Men than Jose.  Alison has the most red ones.  Rebecca has the same number of purple and pink ones.

Measuring

Cut a large number of tagboard Ellison Gingerbread Men (the short ones, about 4 to 5 inches tall).  Allow 3 to 5 per student.  Working in groups, have students estimate and measure the following:

How tall is my Gingerbread Man?
Measure with raisins, marshmallows, red hots, unifix cubes, teddy bear counters, etc.

How tall is the _______?
Use multiple Gingerbread Men to measure how tall various things are:
a student, a desk, a book.

How long is the _______?

How many Gingerbread Men is it to the _______?

Make a master sheet with an outline of a Gingerbread Man and lines for estimating the following:

My Gingerbread Man is ___  ________ around (perimeter) and ___  _______ inside (area).  The first blank is for the number and the second blank is for the measuring object:  marshmallows, goldfish crackers, or other objects.
 
 


 

Math Workjob Mats

For Gingerbread Men, use either large Ellison diecuts or cut 9 inch tall Gingerbread Man shapes from light brown construction paper.  Glue one cutout to each of ten sheets of 9 x 12 construction paper, leaving a two inch border at the bottom of the sheet.  I use two different colors of paper, so my set forms an ABAB pattern when laid out on the table or floor.

In the upper left hand corner of each sheet, write one numeral in bold black marker, numbering the sheets from one to ten.  Along the bottom of each sheet, place the correct number of stickers (use cute seasonal stickers if you have them) to correspond with the number written on the page.  Laminate and cut out.

Make a collection of cute items for decorating your Gingerbread Men, and place them in a small plastic box with a lid, so they won't get lost.  Use buttons, tiny seasonal erasers, small bits of ribbon or rickrack (for frosting squiggles), etc.  You need 55 items in all to decorate the entire set.  Store in a shoebox or plastic bag, and use as a math center.  Children will put the cards in numerical order, then use the items to decorate each Gingerbread Man card with the number of items listed at the top (and represented for non-number-readers by the number of stickers along the bottom).  If done correctly, all the items will be used.

You can make a similar workjob using a Gingerbread House cutout, and providing various decorations.  I use laminated Gingerbread Men (colored by my students) and Christmas Trees, plus other seasonal goodies,  to help "decorate" this set of workmats.


Gingerbread Men Fingerplay & Chant

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.

It's fun to do this fingerplay using the left hand open, plam up, as the "tray," and lying the other fingers on the tray until each runs away.

 

Art Activities

Gingerbread Man Ornaments I

Make Gingerbread Men from sandpaper, either with a large Ellison diecut or by tracing a pattern on the back of the sandpaper (don't use your good scissors for these).  Sprinkle with cinnamon, rub with a cinnamon stick, or spray with cinnamon room freshener.  Make icing from colored glue.

Gingerbread Man Ornaments II

Make a dough from applesauce, adding enough cinnamon to thicken it into a thick paste.  Press flat, about 1/8 inch thick (thicker slabs crack more easily while drying).  Cut with a cookie cutter, and use a straw to punch a hole near the top.  Lay flat to dry on wax paper (takes several days).  Glue on decorations, if desired.  Hang with shiny red ribbon.

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 smiliar activity with Mittens during our Snowmen and Mittens unit in January, hanging the mittens on a mini clothesline.
 


Stir a bowl of gingerbread,
Smooth and spicy brown.
Roll it with a rolling pin,
Up and up and down.
With a cookie cutter,
Make some little men.
Put them in the oven
Till half past ten!

 


 


 

More Gingerbread Ideas

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?


 

Put the poem in the Pocket Chart on sentence strips,
leaving a blank where the person's name goes.
Make a class set of names (plus your name, the principal, etc.)
for the kids to use in reading the chart.

Gingerbread Man Glyph

Create your own glyph for the Gingerbread Man.
(That means I couldn't find one online).
A glyph is a blackline drawing that the children color following a specific set of instructions, something like the following:
 

If you are a girl, color his nose red.
If you are a boy, color his nose brown.
 

If your favorite dessert is ice cream, color his eyes blue.
If your favorite dessert is cookies, color his eyes brown.
If your favorite dessert is cake, color his eyes green.
 

Design your glyph with at least six different things to color,
then have the children cut their finished Gingerbread Men out and put them on a bulletin board, with a key that explains what the different colors mean.  Everyone's glyph will be unique!
 

Weighing Gingerbread Men

After baking cookies, estimate how much each cookie weighs,
how much two cookies weigh together, etc.

Use a balance scale and non-standard units like unifix cubes,
counting bears, chocolate chips, and marshmallows.


The Doorbell Rang

Read this wonderful story about sharing a batch of chocolate chip cookies, then use real cookies or paper cookies to re-enact the story.

Follow up by having a cookie taste test of several brands of cookies and graphing each child's favorite kind.

 


 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Baby Blue Cat and the Whole Batch of Cookies

Another delightful cookie story, about Baby Blue cat who eats "not one, not two, but the WHOLE batch of cookies."  When his loving mommy offers to bake another batch of cookies, he no longer wants even one.

According to Amazon, it's out of print, but you might be able to find a copy at the library.  My own boys loved this story, and we've had it for 6 or 7 years now.  The author is Ainslie Pryor.


 

Gingerbread Houses

If you can get parent helpers, making Gingerbread Houses from Graham Crackers and frosting is a fun thing to do.  To make it easier, have the parents build the houses in advance, "gluing" them to paper plates with frosting.

Students get to add fancy colored frosting squiggles, attach cookies for windows and doors, frost the roof, and add candy decorations.
Tons of fun, but sometimes exhausting!


How to Build A Gingerbread House

Gingerbread Houses:
A Complete Guide to Baking, Building, and Decorating

A great book for beginners and experienced bakers alike, with lots of tips for making your creations extra-special.  How to make mailboxes, snowmen, candy glass windows, and all the other extras.  This makes a terrific holiday gift!

 

Gingerbread Houses for Kids

An easy to follow book with instructions for six different Gingerbread Houses, perfect for beginners.  Comes with a helpful checklist so you don't forget anything!











 

Gingerbread Houses:
Baking & Building Memories

208 pages with over 220 color photos of Gingerbread Houses collected all over the United States.  A wonderful addition to your kitchen library, as well as for your classroom -- the photos make great Story Starters!

 


 
 

Other Resources


click here for free pattern
& instructions for making this cute
gingerbread lamp

 


A Short History of Gingerbread Making
includes recipes

 

 


gingerbread photo album ~ over 100 pics

 

 


sugar cube house from Martha Stewart Living

 

 


gift tags


 
 
 

The Gingerbread Man
Make-A-Book

From TLC ~ Teaching Little Children
Learning to Follow Directions Through Beginning Art Activities

This is a wonderful project for making individual student books that retell the story of the Gingerbread Man.

I do one or two TLC art activities in my classroom every week ... you can see photos of many of our projects on the 
In My Room weekly photos pages.

For info on how to order, visit the
TLC Lessons Website


 
 

 
 
 

Carol Gossett's
Gingerbread Man Units
 

Visit Carol's Website -- The Kindergarten Connection -- for information about these wonderful integrated thematic units for Language Arts and Math.  Terrific activities and information for teaching the California Content Standards using Child-Centered lessons your students will love.

 


 


 

Smart Cookie Award from Jan Brett's Website
print out this full-color award for your students!

Gingerbread Baby Recipe from Jan Brett

Watch an online video
Jan Brett reads and draws Gingerbread Baby


Gingerbread Playdough Recipe

Printable Gingerbread Buttons File Folder Game

Mrs. Elliott's Second Grade Gingerbread Page
 
 



 


 


 

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