"Run, run, as fast as you can
You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man!"
GINGERBREAD MAN ACTIVITIES (Reading, Math, & Art):
You can print out a Gingerbread Man Shape Book cover or title page here that kids can paint or decorate, a lined page for writing out the poem or story with primary lines, and a blank Gingerbread Man page. Use this blank page for several activities: as a template for art projects (students can design their own Gingerbread Men), for bulletin board displays, for word walls or math flash cards, for writing exercises and mini books, or for story sequencing. For this last activity, assign one stanza of the Gingerbread Man story to each student group or pair. They can read the stanza and summarize it on their Gingerbread Man template. When all groups have finished, organize your Gingerbread Man cards into the correct story sequence. Use a hole punch to punch holes into the ends of the arms, and string them together with colorful yarn for a colorful bulletin board display of the story sequence.
You can also use the blank page for Gingerbread Men characters, introducing character traits to your students. Have them design and name their own Gingerbread Men, and then use adjectives or short sentences to describe them. They can write a paragraph about what happens to their Gingerbread Men, keeping in mind his specific character traits (you may wish to give them an event to include, such as: what would happen if your GIngerbread Man ran into a grocery store? Or, what would your GIngerbread Man do if he was lost at the park?).
Students can also exchange their Gingerbread Men. After each designing a blank page, students can give the Gingerbread Man a name and write it on the back. Then have the student ahead or behind in each row take the new Gingerbread Man and describe him (he has blue eyes, a mustache, he is smiling, wearing striped pants etc.), making sure to write the name given to that Gingerbread Man on the back of their page. Then post all Gingerbread Men on the board, collect and read out the descriptions, and have your students try to identify the matching Gingerbread Man.
Another idea: after designing your Gingerbread Men, posting them, and allowing students to have some time to look at them and discuss them, vote for one they want to write about (or work in small groups to each choose a different one). Write a short story about the Gingerbread Man, and create a class book with your stories and the images.
For an easier class book, simply have each student design a Gingerbread Man and write one or two sentences about him, collecting all pages so students each contribute a page to your class book.
Here's another reading activity: Have the Gingerbread Man run into the Three Little Pigs. What will happen? Write a new story!
For art projects, you can print out the Gingerbread Man blank page onto cardstock. Use bits of fabric, ribbon, buttons, gems and bric-a-brac so students can each individualize their own versions. You can also design a diorama to model the Gingerbread Man story, or to make a new home for the Gingerbread Man.
For some Gingerbread Man Math: write numerals and operation signs (whatever you are practicing, whether subtraction or division, multiplication, etc.) onto the Gingerbread Man templates (size them smaller, and print them onto cardstock). Have students use the cards to model match problems (e.g. 6 x 2 = 12; or: Martin baked one dozen Gingerbread Man cookies and left them to cool on the counter, taking two with him to give to his friend Joelly. When he returned, only seven were left. How many were taken while he was gone? etc.).
Alternatively, print them out much smaller and use them for counters.