MATH: GINGERBREAD ROLL & FILL
Ready to work on subitizing skills? Draw a gingerbread outline on a sheet of paper. Give your child a die (or two for adding) and have them roll and fill. For example if they roll a three they add three pom poms to their gingerbread. They keep rolling and adding until their outline is full of pom poms.
LITERACY: GINGERBREAD WRITE-THE-ROOM
CRAFT: GINGERBREAD PUPPETS
Set out a tray of craft supplies and some foam or paper cut out gingerbread people. Invite your child to create and decorate their own gingerbread person. When finished, give your child a craft stick and have them glue their gingerbread to it to create a puppet.
SCIENCE: DISSOLVING COOKIES
Buy your favorite small gingerbread cookies and get ready for some fun! Place one gingerbread cookie in a cup and pour water over it. Have your child make a prediction about what they think will happen to the cookie then have them watch and make observations of what really happens. When done, give your child another cookie and have them share how it looks, feels, smells, and tastes.
GROSS MOTOR: GINGERBREAD STORY FUN
Write the gingerbread repeated refrain on a dry erase board:
“____, ____, as fast as you can,
you can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man!”
Together brainstorm different verbs like (run, walk, skip, twirl, crawl, etc.) and write them in the blanks. Each time you add a new verb act it out!
FINE MOTOR: GINGERBREAD PLAY DOUGH TRAY
Add brown play dough to a tray along with various supplies for creating. Some ideas include buttons, pom poms, googly eyes, cookie cutters, pipe cleaners, etc. Invite your child to create play dough gingerbread men!
Related: GINGERBREAD PLAY DOUGH RECIPE
MOVE YOUR BODY!
Do you listen to Jack Hartmann’s songs on YouTube? He has so many great children’s songs and this Gingerbread Themed Book one is perfect for December. Super catchy and always gets kids moving!
Related: WINTER MOVEMENT SONGS FOR KIDS
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