Growing in Pre K
Printable Clear the Cookie Sheet Game
Print and cut these gingerbread cards on cardstock: Gingerbread_clear_the_cookie_sheet.pdf
I like to laminate them and add a little piece of magnetic tape to the back of each card. To play, each child starts with either ten or twenty gingerbread men (whatever is appropriate to the age group) on a cookie sheet (from the dollar store). The players take turns rolling the die. The player removes the number of gingerbread men indicated on the die. The first one to clear the cookie sheet is the winner. (A small holiday cookie tin makes great storage for the playing cards. Players put the cards in the tin as they remove them from the cookie sheet.)
Printable Gingerbread House Number Puzzle
I print this on cardstock, laminate it, and use a paper cutter to make vertical cuts so I end up with ten "slices." Students do the puzzle by putting the numbers in order from one to ten. There is a picture of the Fire truck version on the Printables page.
One Yummy Gingerbread Man
I found the idea for this book with a different title on HubbardsCupboard.org. The book was originally created by Kim Lengning who has graciously allowed me to attach my version here. You will need 7 die cut gingerbread men for each book. I make a class copy and also help each student make his/her own. They love it!!
The book is completed by doing the following:
Print these pages: One_Yummy_Gingerbread_Man_Book.pdf
Cut each page in half vertically.
If you don't have a die cut gingerbread man, you can use these gingerbread men:
but you will need to cut the legs apart before having the kids do the tearing.
Glue a complete gingerbread man to the cover. On each of the following pages, tear off the appropriate pieces before gluing. (There will be less remaining gingerbread man on each successive page). For the crunch page, just glue "crumbs" made from the discarded pieces. Attach pages with staples or a binding machine.
One Yummy Gingerbread Man
Cookie Counting (we stuck the foam sticker gingerbread people to paper and cut around the paper so that they could be used over and over.
Printable Pocket Chart Graph:
I give each child one gingerbread man to eat. I tell them to take one bite and then we graph what they bit first before finishing the cookies. I use student name cards in the pocket chart to record the answers.
The kids love measuring things around the classroom in gingerbread non-standard units. I laminated gingerbread notepad sheets into chains of one, two, and three for this activity.
Gingerbread Man Emergent Reader
Stacey Miller from N.J. shared this fun printable:
Cute story sequence cards and more:
Boy and Girl coloring sheet:
Gingerbread gift box printable:
Gingerbread men matching game:
Adorable gingerbread letter matching from Childcareland.com http://www.earlylearningactivities.com/PDF/gingerbreadalphamatc.pdf
Comparing Size from mathwire.com http://mathwire.com/themes/gbmeasuring.pdf
Gingerbread counting game (I just printed the game board pages since the probability would be too complicated for Pre-K). I use a dice and holiday erasers as player pieces. http://mathwire.com/seasonal/rungbman.pdf
Gingerbread erase a rhyme (Huge hit with the kids! Teacher draws gingerbread man on dry erase board) http://www.jmeacham.com/docs/erase.rhymes/Erase-a-rhyme%20gingerbread.pdf
Gingerbread Man poem (I write it on sentence strips and put it in a pocket chart: http://www.nellieedge.com/pdf/freepoetry/December/GingerbreadManChant.pdf
Lots of printables: http://makinglearningfun.com/themepages/GingerbreadTheme.htm
Great Printable Gingerbread Man Positional Work Book http://www.hummingbirded.com/freebies/Gingerman-positional-words.pdf
Gingerbread take home activity
Gingerbread Man Exchange
We sent gingerbread men and letters out to 24 other classes all over the U.S. We are looking forward to receiving mail and making a bulletin board to map where they came from.
The gingerbread men are arriving daily:
Check back here at the end of November 2011. I would like to start a Pre-K specific gingerbread man exchange with any of you who are interested.
What would you do if a gingerbread man ran into our classroom? I passed out gingerbread notepad pages to the kids to get their journal page started. I also wrote words that they asked for on the board (house, catch him, etc.)
After reading Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread Friends, many of the kids decided they would draw a house for the gingerbread man.
Gingerbread Bulletin Board
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