Gingerbread Math and Literacy Activities for Preschool

I can't believe how fast the last few months have flown by! It almost makes me sad knowing how fast Thanksgiving and Christmas will pass:(   At our house we start working on Christmas themes a week before Thanksgiving. Children LOVE gingerbread men (what's not to love about a talking cookie) and it is so easy to use gingerbread men to teach multiple concepts and the kids just eat it all up (:)).  Below are a bunch of ideas that I enjoy using at my home with my children and what I used in 4K!


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Prior to starting a big unit I like to involve parents.  "I'm Not a Gingerbread Man" is similar to "I'm not a Turkey."  The boys and girls will take this activity home and complete it with their parents.   As a parent, I love getting activities to do with my children from school.  It gives me a chance to talk to to them about the concept.  I know that they go to school excited to share whatever we make.  My daughter loved this activity and wanted her gingerbread man to look like Santa.


 To start our week we read the book The Gingerbread Man by Gail Yerrill.  I like this version, because there are not as many characters and the illustrations are amazing.  We worked on predicting with a quick little survey.  No matter the age I think it is important to work on book handling skills.  We are always looking at the characters, parts of the story, problems and solutions.  At least once a week I like to do an activity that builds on comprehension.  Story puppets are an easy fun way.  
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 At home Violet and I continue to build on story comprehension with this fun character bowling game.  I taped the picture cards to to the bowling pins.  Violet used a cute ball I found at target with a gingerbread man to blow over the characters.  She had a blast with this!  

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 We continued to discuss the characters with this simple sensory table.  I placed cotton balls in a shallow storage bucket, along with a fix, cow horse, pig, old lady and man and cute gingerbread figures I found at Hobby Lobby.  She continued to act out the book. 

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  Next we read Gingerbread Baby, by Jan Brett.  This is my favorite gingerbread book of all time, and my daughter loved it.  We compared Gingerbread Baby to The gingerbread Man.  We looked at the characters, repeating phrase and ending.  I love creating the gingerbread house for the gingerbread baby.  My seven-year-old even wanted to create a house.  We used smelly markers and brown mail wrapping paper from the dollar tree to create our giant houses.  Violet also wanted to create a little house using the printable above. 

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I try to tie as many concepts as possible into our units.  Violet has really been interested in numbers, shapes and colors the past few months, so that is where our focus has been.  I created Gingerbread Shapes book for her.  It is a cute repetitive book that she can read in her book area.  We tried to do a shape hunt around our house, however, she really didn't understand what we were looking for...so I created this simple sorting game.  She had to sort the pictures by shapes.  Violet loves to search the house in fun game-like activities.  She loved searching the house for shapes.  Once she found the shapes on the gingerbread men she colored it in.  We also rolled a dice, identified the shape and colored the shape on our gingerbread man.
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  On Thursday we read Ten Little Gingerbread Men by Ruth Galloway.  We loved counting and it was fun to count the raised little gingerbread men.  We guessed how many would be left at the end of each page.  Next, I placed 50 gingerbread men on a parachute and Violet and her friends shook the parachute and watched the men fly all over the house.  As we shook the parachute we said the phrase, "Run run as fast as you can can, you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread men."  The boys and girls counted the gingerbread as they picked them.  We worked on 1 to 1 correspondence and matching numbers to sets by placing the matching number of gingerbread by each number.  We continued with a cute 1 to 1 correspondence worksheet, where the kids put stickers in the boxes by each number and placed the matching number of buttons on each gingerbread man.

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To end our week we decorated a gingerbread house and cookies.  They did pretty well on it on their own.  We build the base of the house and let it set overnight, added the roof in the morning.  We were able to decorate it after dinner that night and the 7 and 3 year-old were pretty independent.  

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In 4K, one of the most memorable activities that we did was our gingerbread scavenger hunt.  First we read the book, Gingerbread Loose in the School by Laura Murray.  The boys and girls decorated a gingerbread man.  When they were finished we would head out for recess.  When they returned the gingerbread man was missing.  We created missing signs to find him, like the kids did in the story.  Then we went on a scavenger hunt to find him.  We do this at our house as well (both forms are included in the unit) except we are looking in bedrooms and bath tubs:)

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I lucked out this year and scored a set of gingerbread men at Michael's Craft Store.  They came in a set of three:  small, medium and large.  So we used them to create art.  Violet dipped them in paint and we discussed and compared the gingerbread men.

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
We also used the gingerbread men to create playdough gingerbread men.  They turned out really cute, the little guys all looked like minion gingerbread men.  I had a bunch of random things around the house and placed them on a little dinner plate.  

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
 Working with playdough was such a hit that we built gingerbread houses and put the letters of our name at the top.
Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
One of our favorite activities was the gingerbread snapits and candy building blocks I purchased on Amazon.  
Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
By far my favorite activity of the week was our gingerbread stockings.  We have been working hard on the letters in our name and letter order.  To start, I bought the stockings at the Dollar Tree.  Then, I purchased the stuffed gingerbread men and letters at Hobby Lobby.  I hot glue the letters to the stockings and gingerbread men.  I placed 3M hooks above the fire place and hung the stockings.  Violet loved matching the letters and placing the gingerbread men inside.  I also hid the gingerbread men around the house and she had to find them and place them in the matching stocking.   These were such a hit that we moved the stockings into her bedroom to play.  


Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!
Another one of our homemade activities was this cute little gingerbread guy.  I bought the foam gingerbread men at a craft store and placed number stickers in place of buttons.  I used a paper punch to punch a hole under the number.  She used linking chains and placed the matching number of links under each number.

I hope that I was able to give you a few ideas for your gingerbread unit!  You can find all of the printables in the unit below.  Click (here) to check it out!  I have also included a Gingerbread freebie as well.  Click (here) to download.

Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!Gingerbread Man Activities, Centers and Crafts.  The boys and girls will learn important math, literacy and book comprehension concepts, strategies and skills through book centered lessons and activities.  Check out our blog post for more ideas and freebies!







Christmas and Gingerbread December Themed Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool (and Freebie)

Christmas (December) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are perfect for your preschool centers in December.
December can be such a magical month.  Children are so engaged in anything holiday so I always try to incorporate holiday related materials within the skills range we are working on.  To check out our December Math and Literacy Centers and our Center Bundle click on the links.

Christmas (December) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are perfect for your preschool centers in December.

I love these cute play dough maths.  The boys and girls have to roll the dough into "snakes" and "balls' to make all of the pictures which is great fine motor practice.

Christmas (December) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are perfect for your preschool centers in December.
We used dots instead of gumdrops to form numbers.  

Christmas (December) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are perfect for your preschool centers in December.
Sorting letter for Santa was a blast.  We reintroduced the concepts small, medium and large.

Christmas (December) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are perfect for your preschool centers in December.
Seek-n-finds are perfect for visual discrimination.  V had fun searching through the gingerbread house and toy store for the mystery items.

Christmas (December) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are perfect for your preschool centers in December.
I hit is big at the dollar tree.  I found mini-tree clothes pins and gifts.   I hot glued uppercase and lowercase stickers to each item and we had to match the uppercase tree to the lowercase gift by clipping the ribbon at the top of each gift.

Christmas (December) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are perfect for your preschool centers in December.
We measured how many "units" tall each seasonal item was.

Christmas (December) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are perfect for your preschool centers in December.
Festive Seek-N-Find, was the big hit.  I placed the uppercase letters from A-Z in an ornament and then filled the ornament full of sprinkles.  As the children find each letter, they can color it on their printable. Click (here) for this free sample.

Christmas (December) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are perfect for your preschool centers in December.

Christmas (December) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are perfect for your preschool centers in December.
We practiced writing and identifying candy cane letters.

Christmas (December) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are perfect for your preschool centers in December.
The gingerbread loved checking out each of these seasonal mazes.  We placed a magnet behind the maze and a gingerbread hot glued to a magnetic chip on the front.

Christmas (December) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are perfect for your preschool centers in December.
We worked on our cutting skills with this cute Santa.  First we cut him out.  Then, we cut the lines on his beard.  To help him look "fancy" for Christmas we rolled the strip on a pencil to make them look curly.

Christmas (December) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are perfect for your preschool centers in December.
We though our Santa was so adorable that we played a little math game with him.  We rolled the dice, counted the dots, and then found the matching number on Santa's beard and covered it with a cotton ball until his beard was nice and fluffy.
Christmas (December) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are perfect for your preschool centers in December.
We have started looking a little closer at lowercase letters.  V loved these trees.  We identified the uppercase and lowercase letter match on the star and then used little patterned clothespins and clothes pins with mini-pom poms hot glued to the end to cover the matching letters.

Christmas (December) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are perfect for your preschool centers in December.
I found these cute little stockings at Target (you could make them with felt and numbered stickers).  I hung them on the wall and we used numbered popsicle sticks to match the numbers.

Christmas (December) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are perfect for your preschool centers in December.
We had a ton of fun with these cute reindeer.  We hot glued red pom poms and googly eyes to the center of brown paper cups. We sliced two little lines at the top of each cup.  Then on plastic forks we wrote the numbers one to ten  and dots 1-10 on each fork.  V had to choose a number and then, find the matching set. 


Christmas (December) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are perfect for your preschool centers in December.
How many presents was a blast.  V choose a number and then clipped the child to the matching number of presents.

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Turkey and Thanksgiving Themed Centers and Activities for Preschool

I can't believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  There are so many fun themes and activities for the month of November.  We were very busy!  If you are looking for activities to build fine motor (writing) and math and literacy skills check out our centers: Turkey and Thanksgiving Centers for November.  Now available in a Growing Bundle.
Turkey and Thanksgiving (November) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are full of fun hands-on centers that will help build writing (fine-motor) and math and literacy skills.

Turkey and Thanksgiving (November) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are full of fun hands-on centers that will help build writing (fine-motor) and math and literacy skills.
One of our favorites was matching numbers to sets.

Turkey and Thanksgiving (November) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are full of fun hands-on centers that will help build writing (fine-motor) and math and literacy skills.
 We identified numbers and fed out turkey the matching amount of "corn."

Turkey and Thanksgiving (November) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are full of fun hands-on centers that will help build writing (fine-motor) and math and literacy skills.
We also sorted turkey feathers by shapes.

Turkey and Thanksgiving (November) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are full of fun hands-on centers that will help build writing (fine-motor) and math and literacy skills.
 We used links to match uppercase letters to uppercase letters in disguise.

Turkey and Thanksgiving (November) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are full of fun hands-on centers that will help build writing (fine-motor) and math and literacy skills.
V loved completing the Thanksgiving dinner pattern.  

Turkey and Thanksgiving (November) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are full of fun hands-on centers that will help build writing (fine-motor) and math and literacy skills.
 Finding the matching shape is way more fun with cute clothespins.

Turkey and Thanksgiving (November) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are full of fun hands-on centers that will help build writing (fine-motor) and math and literacy skills.
 We searched pictures for turkeys and other Thanksgiving themed pictures.

Turkey and Thanksgiving (November) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are full of fun hands-on centers that will help build writing (fine-motor) and math and literacy skills.
 We traced lots of tricky lines to help Turkey Tom find his babies.

Turkey and Thanksgiving (November) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are full of fun hands-on centers that will help build writing (fine-motor) and math and literacy skills.
 We sorted letter beads by colors-feather would be fun as well.

Turkey and Thanksgiving (November) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are full of fun hands-on centers that will help build writing (fine-motor) and math and literacy skills.
 We used our fine motor skills to help decorate the turkey for Thanksgiving.

Turkey and Thanksgiving (November) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are full of fun hands-on centers that will help build writing (fine-motor) and math and literacy skills.
Letter order is more fun with beads!  

Turkey and Thanksgiving (November) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are full of fun hands-on centers that will help build writing (fine-motor) and math and literacy skills.
 We searched for letters based on on important Thanksgiving themes!

Turkey and Thanksgiving (November) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are full of fun hands-on centers that will help build writing (fine-motor) and math and literacy skills.
 We have been working on matching numbers to sets.  We had a lot of fun roll the dice and snapping the matching number of cubes on the number.

Turkey and Thanksgiving (November) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are full of fun hands-on centers that will help build writing (fine-motor) and math and literacy skills.
 Fancy Tail Feathers was a fun way to introduce pattern blocks.  Once we build the feathers with matching blocks, we tried to figure out which blocks we could put together to make the same shape. 

Turkey and Thanksgiving (November) Math and Literacy Centers for Preschool are full of fun hands-on centers that will help build writing (fine-motor) and math and literacy skills.
Two of our favorite activities was building shapes with the Geo Boards and Alphabet Magnet bingo.

These centers kept us busy for weeks!  Here are a few other activities we were working on!