Do you remember hearing stories about the gingerbread man growing up? These days kids are able to read about gingerbread men, women, children, and more. The winter season is the perfect time to talk about gingerbread people and use their stories to expand on them for session activities. Using gingerbread tales to spark interest will actively engage students and work toward goal completion.
Tales of Gingerbread People
The old tale of the little gingerbread man has been survived the test of time. While many authors have done their own take on the story, they are all different in their own way. Some are a new version of the classic story, while others are a new twist using gingerbread characters. Below are some of the books which you will be able to purchase or find in many libraries.
- The Gingerbread Bear by Robert Dennis
- The Library Gingerbread Man by Dotti Enderle
- Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett
- The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst
- The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth
- The Gingerbread Boy by Richard Egielski
- The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires
Being able to compare and contrast different stories is a nice activity to get started. Use graphic organizers to make it easier for visual learners. Encourage each child to share which story is their favorite and why. This time will allow them to use their own thoughts and feelings and get more comfortable sharing with others. Boy Mama Teacher Mama has a wonderful list of Gingerbread Men Stories from Around the World.
Make and Take Gingerbread Pals
It’s always fun to watch students make their own gingerbread pals. This could be limited to making one which represents an important person in their life, someone they are thankful for, a favorite book character, or even an animal. This activity is great practice for occupational therapy practice with fine motor skills. Tracing, cutting, coloring, and gluing small objects are all possibilities.
Have a pattern ready for everyone to be able to trace onto large pieces of brown construction paper. Provide a large number of craft accessories to personalize each gingerbread pal. This may include additional construction paper, scrapbook paper, buttons, sequins, puffy paint, googly eyes, and more. Make sure there is plenty of scissors, glue, and markers to finish the pals. Allow everyone to dress their gingerbread pal to perfection.
When everyone is finished, make up a story about all of the gingerbread pals meeting. Act out the story together in a puppet play. To help with this, the gingerbread pals could be put onto wooden sticks to make it easier. Publish the story and send it home to all of the families. Be sure to include translations for those families who are multilingual and may need it.
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