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Here's a recipe from a friend of the Preschool Rainbow.
Total Servings: 30
1. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, molasses,
2. In another medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, ginger,
3. Refrigerate dough for 2 hours or overnight.
4. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Coat baking sheets with nonstick
5. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch
6. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes, or until golden around the edges.
A Short Gingerbread Man Story
An old husband and his wife lived on a farm. Their children had all grown and left home. The old woman often made gingerbread cookies in the shape of her children to ease her loneliness. One day the old woman baked an especially large gingerbread man. She was very careful with the ingredients and she lovingly made and formed the cookie. As it baked, the aroma of the gingerbread floated through the house.
Suddenly, the oven door flew open and the Gingerbread Man leapt out. As he ran through the kitchen, the old woman chased after him, calling to her husband for help. The Gingerbread Man was very fast and yelled.
"Run, run, as fast as you can! You can't catch me,He ran out of the house and through the fields. He passed an old cow grazing in the meadow who looked up and began chasing the delicious smelling Gingerbread Man.
"The little old woman, the little old man,As he ran past, a horse also began chasing him. When he saw the horse catching up to him, the Gingerbread Man ran quickly down a hill singing loudly as he went:
"I'm faster than the woman, the cow and the man.He laughed as he ran from the horse and soon came upon a red fox. The fox asked in his sly manner, "Where are you going Mr. Gingerbread Man?"
"I have nowhere to go, but I must get away.He ran off and left the little red fox chasing behind. Soon he came to a pond. He knew he could not get wet and was afraid he was trapped. When the fox arrived at the pond, he slyly asked the Gingerbread Man to ride across the pond on his tail.
The Gingerbread Man agreed happily and jumped on the fox's tail. When they were halfway across the pond, the fox told the Gingerbread Man,
tail is getting tired. I can't hold it up.
As they neared the shore
the fox once again spoke to his passenger,
The Gingerbread Man lightly jumped up onto his new friend's nose. Just as they reached the shore the fox snapped up his jaw, caught the Gingerbread Man in his mouth and gobbled him up.
This is a shortened version. Add as much detail as you like and encourage student participation by asking questions about the plot and characters.It is not always the fastest that wins the race,
Gingerbread Men Recipe
Gingerbread Classroom Activities
Easy Gingerbread Man House
Materials: Small milk
cartons, paper plate, frosting, graham crackers, craft sticks
Description: With the
craft sticks spread a small amount of frosting on bottom of
This part is a little tricky and they may need some help. Place two graham crackers at an angle on the top of the covered milk carton to form the peak of the roof. Then have the kids decorate the house however they like with the candies. This works well as a gingerbread house or a haunted house for Halloween.
Gingerbread Man & Me
Materials: Cut shirts, pants and skirts out of scraps of felt fabric or construction paper.
Description: Cut gingerbread men out of cardboard. Ask the children to pick out pants, skirt or shirt and glue them on the person. Have the children draw a face and make hair or use yarn for hair and craft wiggly eyes.
Parts for Toddlers
Materials: Poster board or butcher paper, construction paper cut outs of body parts, yarn and glue.
Description: Make a body outline such as a gingerbread man figure, cut out two hands, two feet, two eyes, two ears, a nose and a mouth (cut the mouth big enough so that you can put a set of teeth in it). You'll need yarn for hair and cut outs for eyebrows, Also, two small round circles for elbows and two large circles for knees.
Ask toddlers to identify the parts of the body and where they should be placed on the gingerbread man. Ask, "What is this? Where does it go?" Let the children show you and then glue on the body parts. After the body is finished hang up your gingerbread man body to show and teach with.
Comments: The kids love it!
Materials: Gingerbread man shape, scissors and glue.
Description: Ask the children to color their gingerbread man. Then draw a line on the gingerbread man to make a puzzle. Have the children cut along the lines, taking the gingerbread man apart and then glue the pieces back together again.
Comments: Teachers can put numbers on the body parts and have them glue the numbers in order.
Materials: Construction paper, scissors, glue and crayons.
Description: On construction paper, trace and cut people shapes (like gingerbread boys), make big and smaller ones. Some can be pink or red for girls, and others blue or any other color for boys (older children can cut and color theirs). Each child has to choose one cutout representing their family. For example: a big blue boy for the father, little girls for sisters, little boys for brothers, etc.
Next, they can paste them all together holding
hands, forming a family chain. Now
and Number Recognition
Materials: Some type of cut out shape, I used
gingerbread men. On some you print
2. Go over the numbers and letters you have written on the gingerbread cut outs.
3. Tell the students to stand up if
you hold up a letter and to sit down if you
4. Mix up the gingerbread man cut outs and hold one up at a time. Ask individual children if you're holding up a number or a letter. Ask questions that will help them make the correct choice. Make note of those who need extra help for later individual one on one.
5. Encourage the children to use the cards during free time.
Gingerbread Man Game
Description: After having read the story of
the Gingerbread Man,
They then chase after the Gingerbread Man. The one who tags the Gingerbread Man, becomes the new Gingerbread Man. And the game starts over again."I ran from the old woman. I ran from the old man.
Materials Per child; 1 piece of brown
construction paper with a gingerbread man
2. Set out glue and divide the yarn among the children. If desired, cut the yarn into smaller pieces. Drizzle glue on the gingerbread men and add pieces of yarn for the frosting trim, clothing and hair! Add additional items you might have for decorating the gingerbread men, such as ground cinnamon, rick-rack, ribbon, fabric scraps or buttons. Let dry.
3. Tape a colored craft stick to the
back of each gingerbread man. Continue with
Materials: Bread, ginger, butter, a ginger bread man cut out and a toaster oven.
Description: I read the book The
Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett.
Christmas and GingerbreadMore story time picture books:
Children enjoy decorating their own Gingerbread Houses for the Christmas Season
during this holiday activity by Michelle M.
Materials: Graham crackers, store bought icing, large craft sticks, assorted candy for decorations, cardboard squares covered with foil and a electric knife.
Description: A few days before the activity
you or your parent volunteers need
Turn two cracker rectangles vertically for
the front and back of the house.
The day before the activity I read a traditional version of The Gingerbread Man to the class. Then on the day of our activity I read the story The Gingerbread Baby, by Jan Brett. This is a very nice variation of the traditional tale in which the little boy who makes the run-away gingerbread baby gets him back by making a gingerbread house for the baby to live in.
Children then get to decorate their own gingerbread
houses with candy. They can
Comments: This Christmas
activity requires some help from parent volunteers, but
Lots more Christmas activities are in the Christmas & Kwanzaa Theme.
Involvement: "Gingerbread House"
Materials: Large piece of brown butcher paper, miscellaneous craft items, large pattern of gingerbread person and your imagination.
Description: Make a gingerbread house out
of the front of your classroom door.
Comments: It's a lot of fun to watch the house
take shape. The children enjoy
Gingerbread Family Project
Materials: Gingerbread pattern, brown bulletin
board or construction paper, and a
Description: Send a large plain featured gingerbread
man pattern home with the
"I am sending this gingerbread to you with not a feature to be found.Be sure to set a date for the return. Display along with your Gingerbread Village or use to decorate your wall for a Gingerbread unit.
Comments: You won't believe some
of the outrageous and beautiful creations I
Materials: 4 pieces of large brown construction
paper (9x12), regular sized construction paper (8 1/2 x11) of the following
colors: red, black, white and yellow,
Description: Tape all 4 piece of brown paper
together to make one giant piece.
Next, use your other construction paper to make black circles for eyes and nose, a red mouth, yellow buttons and use white strips for decorating the arms and legs. Use velcro or tape on the back of the above. Have the children sit in small groups to complete the activity.
Have one child at a time lay on the scooter board on their belly. Encourage them to travel across the room to where the gingerbread man is taped, propelling themselves by using their hands and feet. Once they get to the wall, have an adult hand them the different parts of the gingerbread man to tape or velcro into place. Once they get all of the parts attached, they can ride back to their seat and it is the next child's turn.
Comments: I work with preschoolers and the absolutely loved this activity.
Materials: Gingerbread boy or girl pattern, colored markers, colored buttons that are the same colors as the markers.
Description: Trace or copy 10 of the gingerbread
patterns. Number them 1-10 using a different color for each gingerbread.
Students add the correct number of
Materials: Wallpaper books, gingerbread man or other pattern, scissors and glue.
Description: Trace several shapes from each
wallpaper page until you have 8-10
Activity Plan: "Gingerbread Man"
Materials: Gingerbread mix, storybook, flannel board characters, kitchen stove (safety).
Comments: The kids loved it and it was
fun to do.
Related Theme: Christmas Holiday Theme
or Gingerbread Recipe in this theme!
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