Gingerbread activities are my favorite holiday activities. Even though I teach at a church preschool and we celebrate Christmas in every way in our classroom, I still like sharing activities that teachers who shy away from Santa or the religious aspects of Christmas but still feel like some holiday activities are appropriate for their classrooms. The best part, though, is that you can use gingerbread activities any time of year while diving into fairy tales. Here are some of my favorite preschool gingerbread activities.
Gingerbread Man Activities
You can be ambitious and add some cinnamon and ginger to your favorite playdough recipe, or you can just use brown Play-Doh… in the end, your students will still have fun no matter what you do!
These free printable puzzles help children develop visual discrimination, an essential skill for reading and math.
This craft is creative, encourages storytelling, as well as helps children become more familiar with shapes.
This activity is all about one to one correspondence. Children count the items and clip the dots developing their mathematical and fine motor skills all at once.
This is a great craft to do when you don’t have time to let the glue dry, but it’s also a valuable fine motor skill building craft.
This math mat can be used with Mini Erasers, real candy, or play dough. It’s totally flexible and a totally free math center resource. Just click here for your free copy.
I love this circle time activity, but it’s also a great free choice activity. Children love matching the shapes to the correct gingerbread men. Check it out, and yes, the printables are free!
My students are just beginning to dive into number recognition, but they are already capable of basic one to one correspondence and counting. This gingerbread man math tray helps develop that further while exposing them to numbers.
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.