Sunday, November 20, 2011

Is it to Early to Plan for December?

Since we aren't really supposed to focus on any one particular December holiday, I focus on the Gingerbread Man stories.  The children LOVE the folk tale, no matter who chases after the cookie or whether the fox eats him or not.  Year after year, the students beg for another and another and, luckily, there are enough GREAT versions to last for the entire month, as well as enough activities to keep the excitement as well. 
The best Gingerbread Unit I did was about 7 years ago (whoa, really?) when I had a class gingerbread man that they all named go missing.  Come to find out, he was travelling around the U.S. of A.  We received post cards from all over the country letting us know what "Sweetie" had been up to.  Of course, that takes a lot of pre-planning BUT I actually saved all of the post cards, maps, materials, so I could actually do it all over again.  We made MISSING signs and charted on a map each of the states he had been to.  The children were so happy when he finally returned and I never got to put him away for that year.  He got pretty worn out or, the way I like to look at it, he was very loved.
Another fun activity I have done in the past is for the children to design boats to get a real cookie across the river without sinking (he might not get eaten by a fox, but we all know what happens to a soggy cookie-yuck!).  It is a great planning and designing activity and the children have so much fun creating their boats and then testing them with their little cookies ready to set sail. 
Of course, what classroom studying Gingerbread Men would be complete without some Goofy Gingerbread Men hanging around?  My Goofy turkey patterns hung all over the USA (maybe internationally--let me know if so) with over 5000 people downloading my FREE pattern in less than a month.  Click on the picture below if you are interested in making cute gingerbread men (kids, to be politically correct) to hang around in your classroom. 

I also do the Save the Gingerbread Man Project every year (another family project similar to Disguise the Turkey) and have added some activities to go along with the project.  If you are interested, click the picture below to find out more about it.


  1. Hi Krissy! Thank you for the great ideas! I have done the Gingerbread Man for years in K, but this is the first year he will run away and visit other countries (4-5). I usually do a baked Gingerbread Man and he runs away. It sounds like you make one from materials? Is he paper? If you could let me know, I would love it! Your new unit looks great!

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  3. Hi Krissy
    Just wanted to let you know that I downloaded your free Gingerbread Man on the weekend - and my daughter and I made it at home. We had so much, fun, and read the story book together. We then "chased" our Gingerbread all over the house trying to catch him! She had so much fun, thank you :) I will also use it with my Kinders at school.

  4. so cute!!! We did them today in our classroom - and we're going to tie it into a writing activity...I can't wait to show you! Do you follow me? I'll be making a post about them this week - and I just made a post showing them off - sending people to your blog to get them!
    The Teachers’ Cauldron


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