Gingerbread Theme and Activities

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Here are lots of fun crafts, recipes, and activities for gingerbread: a food associated with the holiday season.

Gingerbread Songs and Rhymes


Gingerbread Man
Run, run, as fast as you can,
You can't catch me,
I'm the Gingerbread Man!

Gingerbread Baking
Stir a bowl of gingerbread,
Smooth and spicy brown.
Roll it with a rolling pin,
Up and up and down.
With a cookie cutter,
Make some little men.
Put them in the oven
Till half past ten!

Gingerkids (Tune: Ten Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little Gingerkids,
Four little, five little, six little Gingerkids,
Seven little, eight little, nine little Gingerkids,
Ten little Gingerbread Kids.

Eat, Eat, Your Gingerbread Boy (Tune: Row, Row, Row, Your Boat)
Eat, eat, your Gingerbread Boy,
Before he runs away.
Faster, faster, faster please,
Don't let him get away!

Catch, catch the Gingerbread Boy,
Catch him, yes, today.
Faster, faster, faster still,
For he has run away.

Gingerbread Crafts


Gingerbread Houses
Cover a small milk carton with brown construction paper. Offer a variety of items for decoration.

Sand Paper Gingerbread Man Ornament
Provide each child a sand paper cutout of a gingerbread man. Have them add face and other features using a variety of craft supplies. Scrape a cinnamon stick over the sand paper to make it smell sweet. Punch a hole in the top and add ribbon for an ornament.

Life Size Gingerbread People
Trace each child on brown kraft paper. Have them decorate their body tracings to make themselves into life size gingerbread people.

Stuffed Gingerbread People
Cut out two identical gingerbread people out of grocery bags. Glue or staple them together, and put cotton in between. Let the children decorate their gingerbread person using a variety of materials, markers, and paints.

Gingerbread Math and Science

Gingerbread Man Measuring
Provide different size cut-outs of Gingerbread Men, and have children measure them with different items (raisins, buttons, 1-inch blocks, etc. You can also use our Gingerbread Measure printable.

Make Gingerbread Cinnamon Dough - children can have fun measuring and mixing ingredients

  • 1 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of ginger
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup white school glue (optional)
Add the cinnamon and ginger to the applesauce. You may add glue for added thickness. Store unused dough in a bowl with plastic wrap as a cover.


Gingerbread Snacks

Toasted Gingerbread People
Use a gingerbread person cookie cutter on a slice of bread. Paint them with milk and food coloring, then toast them! The color will still show up after toasting.

Kid Friendly Gingerbread Cookies

More Gingerbread Resources

Gingerbread Stories

  • Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
  • The Gingerbread Boy by Richard Egielski or Paul Galdone
  • The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth
  • Maisy Makes Gingerbread by Lucy Cousins (Illustrator)
  • Who's in My Gingerbread House? (Tabletop Flap Book) by Christopher Santoro