My students have been showing increasing interest in numbers, and on Monday they spent much of free choice time making gingerbread men at the playdough table. When I saw these felt gingerbread men on sale at Micheal’s yesterday, I decided to make this activity for my class. You’ve probably seen this gingerbread man math activity before, it’s pretty classic, but it’s classic for a reason. It’s simple it works on one to one correspondence, counting, and number recognition as well as fine motor skills. Not bad for a simple little gingerbread man math activity.
Gingerbread Man Activity
Gather your materials. You will need some gingerbread men, cut-outs, buttons, a tray, and a paint pen.
Start using the paint pen to write the number on the head and the same amount of dots along the body.
Pop on a tray with some colorful buttons.
Match them up!
How To differentiate this gingerbread activity
- For students not yet interested in numbers try turning this into a color matching activity. Skip writing numbers and simply different color puffy paint for the dots, just make sure you have enough buttons in each color for the kiddos to match them up.
- For students who need more of a mathematical challenge write out simple equations on the head.
- For students in kindergarten or first grade learning to read their number words you could write out one, two, three, four.. and have them add the buttons to match.
More Gingerbread Man Activities for Preschool
If you want more gingerbread men activities, including crafts, free choice activities, and circle time lesson plans, Check out my Gingerbread Friends Mini-Unit in my teacher shop.