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Gingerbread Man Lesson for Kindergarten

Updated on December 11, 2014
Gingerbread Man Image Credit: http://playgroupsandplaydates.blogspot.com/2010/11/gingerbread-man-playdate.html
Gingerbread Man Image Credit: http://playgroupsandplaydates.blogspot.com/2010/11/gingerbread-man-playdate.html

Ready for a fun kindergarten literature lesson on The Gingerbread Man? Compare and contrast two versions of the story, decorate gingerbread cookies, create character finger puppets to re-tell the story, and more in this fun literature lesson or "play date" activity! I created this lesson to do with my kindergarten literature class, which lasts an hour. Use this fun lesson with your class, family, or homeschool co-op group!

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Cookie sprinkle decorations image credit: http://www.privetandholly.com/2011/12/monday-moments-my-gift-list.html
Cookie sprinkle decorations image credit: http://www.privetandholly.com/2011/12/monday-moments-my-gift-list.html

The Lesson

1) Lay out cookie decorations, a baking sheet, a mixing bowl, and a mixing spoon on the table and ask the children to guess what book we might be reading today.

2) Read The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone. Allow the children to repeat the Gingerbread Boy's repetitive theme with you as you read the story.

3) Read The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. Again, allow the children to repeat the Gingerbread Baby's repetitive theme with you as you read the story.

4) On the white board, as a class create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two versions of the story.

The Gingerbread Boy (Folk Tale Classics)
The Gingerbread Boy (Folk Tale Classics)

This was our favorite classic version of the story. It includes nice illustrations and just enough text for young children to enjoy.

 
Gingerbread Baby
Gingerbread Baby

This is our absolute favorite "Gingerbread Boy" story with a twist. This version features a Gingerbread Baby who does not get eaten. The illustrations are gorgeous and my students absolutely love to listen to this re-telling of the story.

 
Gingerbread Baby image credit: http://www.janbrett.com/gingerbread_baby_masks_baby.htm
Gingerbread Baby image credit: http://www.janbrett.com/gingerbread_baby_masks_baby.htm

5) Act out The Gingerbread Baby using the printable masks found at janbrett.com. I simply printed off the masks and then stapled each one to construction paper strip stapled into a circle shape that could fit over the child's head. Since most of my students are still pre-readers, I told them their lines and they would repeat it after me.

The Gingerbread Cowboy
The Gingerbread Cowboy

If you'd prefer a different option, my students also really enjoyed this Texas-version of "The Gingerbread Man."

 
Gingerbread Man Finger Puppet Image Credit: http://www.techbeats.co.uk/interview-wildkats-playset/
Gingerbread Man Finger Puppet Image Credit: http://www.techbeats.co.uk/interview-wildkats-playset/

6) Have children color and cut out the gingerbread man finger puppet found at this link: Gingerbread Boy Finger Puppet. Encourage them to take the puppet home and use it to re-tell the story to a sibling, parent, or grandparent.

7) Allow children to decorate their own gingerbread "baby" cookies using pre-made gingerbread cookies, white frosting, and small candies/sprinkles. I allowed them to each eat one and then encouraged them to save the rest to share with their families. Be sure to also bring disposable plates, plastic knives for spreading the frosting, plastic wrap, and wet wipes for easy clean-up.

8) Pass out the Gingerbread Baby Word Search for children to work on until the end of class.

9) Handwriting Homework: Use the Gingerbread Cookie Recipe for handwriting practice.

Fun Versions of the Story to Watch

Have Extra Time?

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @kcsantos: Thank you!

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      kcsantos 4 years ago

      This is great! I remember storytelling this when I was in gradeschool-and I got the highest grade. One of my faves. Thank you for this useful lens.

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @lbrummer: Thank you! Yes, they did love this lesson!

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      Loraine Brummer 4 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Very nice lesson plan. The kids had to have loved this. Blessed!!