The Gingerbread Man
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Activities Materials
The children and the young at heart are in for a real treat!  A fun version of "The Gingerbread Man" fairy tale available online.

What is gingerbread?
Gingerbread is a type of cake or cookie flavored with ginger and molasses.  Ginger is the root of a tropical plant, used as a spice to flavor food.  Molasses is a thick, sweet dark brown syrup made from sugar cane. 

Gingerbread man is a biscuit or cookie made of gingerbread, usually in the shape of stylized human.  These originated in England, and have been adapted to various seasonal themes and holidays, such as Christmas, Halloween or Easter.

Activity 1:  Read The Gingerbread Man
The Gingerbread Man (also known as the The Gingerbread Boy or The Gingerbread Runner) is a fairy tale about a Gingerbread man that escapes, is chased by humans, farm animals, and is outsmarted and gobbled up by a fox.

Have fun reading and discussing this fun rhythmic tale!

English Talking Book: The Gingerbread Man @ YouTube.

Animals featured in this version:  pig, horse, cow, fox

This classical fairy tale has endless possibilities for activities and topics. Here are some suggested activities and various resources.

Activity 2:  Alphabet Letter G is for Gingerbread

Present and practice soft letter G is for Gingerbread which is an appropriate activity with this story.

You may also want to present alphabet activities related to the animals in the story version selected.

The Gingerbread Man or Woman 
Patterns | Templates
These patterns are suitable for numerous crafts and learning activities:  name tags, sizing, counting, sorting, lacing, bulletin boards, garlands and more..

Print on sturdy paper to use as stencils that children can trace on brown paper bag or print directly to brown construction paper and children can cut out. Decorate with pom poms, sequins, buttons, etc. 

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Coloring pages > The Gingerbread Man and gingerbread cookies theme coloring pages:
* The Gingerbread Man in the baking pan
* The Gingerbread Man running
* Gingerbread man and woman cookies
* Gingerbread men cookies
* Baking gingerbread cookies

Activities, crafts and coloring pages for the animals featured in The Gingerbread Man online story:
Pig | Horse | Cow | Fox | Other versions feature a Sheep or ram: male sheep

External resources:
Visit The Gingerbread Man thematic unit at (adaptable for kindergarten to 2nd grade)
For preschool the story sequencing activity is a favorite.
 Letter G Gingerbread Printable Activities
Letter G is for Gingerbread
Printable Activities

(soft G sound)

Gingerbread theme
coloring pages

in the activities column

Gingerbread Man 
& Woman Patterns

in the activities column

Activities & crafts
for the animals
featured in the video story:

Pig theme

Cow theme

Horse theme

Fox theme

Other farm animals

*materials to color or paint
*paper or construction paper

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