YOU CAN'T CATCH ME, I'M THE

GINGERBREAD MAN


Gingerbread Library:


Cirlce Time Activities:

Five Gingerbread Cookies: A felt board counting poem found at The Virtual Vine.
Display 5 gingerbread cookie shapes on the felt board.  As you recite the poem students take turns removing one cookie from the board.

Five gingerbread cookies in a bakery shop.
Five gingerbread cookies with sugar on top.
Along came a boy with a penny to pay
He took one cookie and he ran away.
Leaving...

Continue counting down.

Five Little Gingerbread Men: Another felt board counting poem.
Display 5 gingerbread cookie shapes on the felt board.  As you recite the poem students take turns removing one cookie from the board.

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 get away.

Five Little Cookies: Another felt board counting poem.
Display 5 cookies on the felt board.  As you recite the poem, fill in the blanks with a name of your student.  Pause after "Caleb ate one" and wait for a response from that student.  Help him pull a cookie from the board.

Five little cookies with frosting galore,
__________ ate one,
and there there were four.

Four little cookies, yummy as could be,
__________ ate one,
Then there were three.

Three little cookies, but before I knew,
__________ ate one,
Then there were two.

Two little cookies, oh what fun!
__________ ate one,
There there was one.

One little cookie, watch me run!
__________ ate one,
Now there are none.

Five Yummy Gingerbread Boys: A felt board counting poem
Display one gingerbread boy on the felt board.  Hand out the other four to your students.  As you recite the poem, fill in the blanks with a name of your student.  Pause after "Caleb bakes another one" and wait for a response from that student.  Help him put his cookie on the felt board.  Students can help count during the poem using a Step-by-Step communication device or put number choices on a multiple button device and let them choose correct number.

One yummy gingerbread boy
with a tie of blue.
________ bakes another one.
Now there are TWO!

Two yummy gingerbread boys,
by the winter tree.
________ bakes another one.
Now there are THREE!

Three yummy gingerbread boys,
with sprinkles galore.
________ bakes another one.
Now there are FOUR!

Four yummy gingerbread boys,
they almost look alive!
________ bakes another one.
Now there are FIVE!


Literacy Activities:

Story Sequencing: Print story sequence cards for the version you are reading.  DLTK has a nice set of felt board props here.  As you read the story, let students find the corresponding pictures and place on the felt board in order.  They can use these same props later to retell the story. 

Gingerbread Man Emergent Reader:  Printable book from Making Learning Fun.  Click here to view and print.

Predictable Book:  Let students make this predictable book.  Print each verse on heavy paper.  Let students guess what animal it is and glue pre-cut pictures to the page to illustrate.

Run, run as fast as you can.
You can’t catch me,

I'm a ________.

 

Additional Pages:

* Hop, hop as fast as you can.

* Fly, fly as fast as you can.

* Swim, swim as fast as you can.
* Slither, slither as fast as you can.
* Leap, leap as fast as you can.

 

Class Book: Make a class book by completing one page for each child.  Let them fill in their name and illustrate the gingerbread man.


“Stop, stop!” said _______________.
But the Gingerbread Man laughed and said,
“Run, run, as fast as you can!
Your can’t catch me,
I’m the Gingerbread Man.”

 


Art Activities:

Simple Gingerbread House:  Print gingerbread house pattern onto brown construction paper.  Sponge paint the roof white.  Add colored fingerprints or candy cutouts to the house. 

Sandpaper Gingerbread Men:  Cut gingerbread boy out of sandpaper.  Rub with a stick of cinnamon for sensory smell.  Decorate with ric rac and glitter.

Sensory Gingerbread Man Ornament:  Cut out gingerbread pattern on heavy paper.  Spread glue on pattern.  Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger for a great smelling ornament.

Edible Gingerbread House:  This is a classic craft made with small milk carton, icing, and graham crackers.  Spread icing all over milk carton, stick graham crackers on top of icing.  When the icing dries it will act as the glue for the crackers to say in place.  Decorate the house with small candies (peppermints, M&M's, red hots, etc.) using icing as the "glue."  To send home, slather a paper plate with icing.  Stick milk carton on top.  Wrap entire plate and house with clear paper and tie at the top.  Parents will love this!  And the kids too! :)

Paperbag Gingerbread Man:  You will need a brown paper grocery bag for each student.  Trace a gingerbread man on unopened bag.  Cut through both thicknesses.  Let students decorate.  Staple around outside, but leave room to stuff bag with tissue paper.  If your students are able to lace, you could hole punch around the outside and let students lace with yarn.  Very cute. :)

Cookies on a tray:  Glue aluminum foil on paper to look like a tray.  Decorate small gingerbread men cutouts and glue them to the aluminum foil.

Gingerbread House:  Cut out house shape from brown construction paper.  Outline with Popsicle sticks.  Glue on peppermints and a door.

Gingerbread paper plates:  Paint a paper plate brown.  Add shapes for nose and cheeks.  Draw mouth and eyes.  Add bow and a ribbon to hang with.

Gingerbread foam ornaments:  Cut out gingerbread pattern from brown foam.  Add zigzags to arms, legs, and head, glue picture of the student in the center.

Cinnamon and Applesauce ornaments:  Make a gingerbread ornament using the recipe found in the Christmas theme.  Attach the following poem:

Something spicy and pretty too
for the holiday season
to say I love you.
Hang me in the kitchen
or maybe on the tree.
And every time you get a "whiff"
I hope you'll think of me!

 

3-D Peppermints:  You will need 2 paper plates.  On the bottom of each plate put at dot in the center and from there draw lines to form triangles all around plate (sort of like a pie graph).  Students paint every other wedge red and sprinkle with red glitter.  Staple the two plates together and stuff with paper.  Wrap with clear cellophane paper.  Tie each end with ribbon, pipe cleaners, or yarn.  Makes cute peppermints.  Great for a wall or bulletin board display.

Glittery Gumdrops:  Give students large gumdrop pattern.  Let them paint the gumdrop and sprinkle with sugar.       


Work Activities:

Button Sorting:  Cut out gingerbread shapes from different color construction paper and laminate.  Let the students sort colored buttons onto the gingerbread men.

Button Counting: Cut out gingerbread shapes and write numbers 1-5 on each one.  Let the students count the corresponding number of buttons and put on the gingerbread man.  I made my own but then found this great printable at Making Learning Fun.  Check it out here.

Gingerbread Counting:  Cut out gingerbread house shapes and write numbers 1-5 on each one.  For younger students you can put dots on them too.  Students count out small gingerbread men for each house.

Gingerbread Shape Match: Printable file folder activity from Making Learning Fun.  Click here to view and print.

Gingerbread Man Color Sort: Another great printable from Making Learning Fun.  Click here to view and print.

Gingerbread Man Color Match: Printable file folder activity from Pre-K Fun.  Click here to view and print.

Gingerbread Man Button Shape Match: Printable file folder activity from Preschool Printables. Click here to view and print.


Printables:

Gingerbread Man from Preschool Coloring Book
Gingerbread Woman from Preschool Coloring Book
Gingerbread Baby Animals to accompany the Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
Gingerbread Man Coloring Sheet from KidsSoup
Gingerbread Man Pattern from KidsSoup
Gingerbread Man Scissor Skills from KidsSoup
Gingerbread Man Coloring Sheet at 12days.com
Gingerbread Man Matching Game from KizClub
Gingerbread Man Story Stick Puppets from Making Learning Fun
Gingerbread Men Outlines (all sizes) from Pre-K Fun
Gingerbread Men Patterns (all sizes) from Pre-K Fun


Games:

Gumdrop Counting Game: Give each student a large gingerbread man cutout.  Place a large bowl of gum drops in the center of the table (about 10 per player).  Put numbers 1-5 on an All-Turn-It Spinner.  Students take turn spinning for a number and count out the corresponding number of gum drops onto their card.  Game continues until all gum drops are gone.  Students count their gum drops and the one with the most wins!

Gingerbread Colors Memory Game: This takes a little work to get together but if you laminate will last a good while.  Print out large pictures of baking pan and label each a different color.  Print out matching color gingerbread men (4 of each color) on white paper and laminate. (NOTE: Print colored men on white paper, not construction paper, because you need one side to be white.)  To play the game give each student a baking pan.  Lay all cookie shapes upside down on the table.  Students take turns turning over a cooke to see if it is the color they need to match their pan.  Once a student gets all 4 of their gingerbread men, they win! 


Cooking Activities:

Gingerbread Men Cookies: Bake gingerbread men of course!  If you're not into cooking though you can always buy pre-made gingerbread cookies (Little Debbie sells them around Christmas time and they are individually wrapped).  Let the students decorate with icing and small candies.  YUM!

Gingerbread Man Sandwich: Use a gingerbread shape cookie cutter on a slice of bread.  Spread with peanut butter. Decorate with raisins and M&M's.  CAUTION: Be aware of any peanut allergies!