Change up your math centers for December by using these Gingerbread Attribute Sorting Cards! Also, a great math lesson for those crazy days before (and after) winter break and a perfect companion to The Gingerbread Baby or any Gingerbread Man book.
Prep the gingerbread people pictures by either printing them in color on card-stock or having them laminated. Print the Gingerbread Sorting Mat and mount it on large paper or have it enlarged to larger paper, like 11x17. I suggest laminating the mat as well if you’re going to place this at a math center.
Have the students look at the gingerbread people and notice some of the ways, or attributes, that make them the same or different. Students should notice a difference in size, arm position, facial expression, number of buttons, and whether or not they have a lollipop. You may notice that 32 is a LOT of gingerbread people for younger children to sort. Modify this activity by giving the first and fourth columns (of both pages) of gingerbread people to one child and the second and third columns to the next child. This limits it to 16 gingerbread people each, but should keep all of the various attributes.
This is a great math center for practicing sorting and looking closely at different objects! It should generate some good math conversation as well—always a plus!