Gingerbread Preschool Theme

When I think of the Christmas holidays it reminds me of gingerbread cookies. I have so many fun gingerbread activities you can do at home or in a classroom.


Fine motor

  • Lacing gingerbread men (older children can make their own gingerbread man. Have them draw a gingerbread body on card stock, cut it out, and then hole punch around the body.)
  • Homemade play dough (check out this post for recipe)
  • Tracing and cutting out gingerbread men (I traced one of our cookie cutter on cardboard and cut it out, it’s easier to trace cardboard.)

Gross motor

  • Acting out the gingerbread story
  • Change “run run” as fast as you can with another action.(jump, spin, crawl, etc.)
  • Gingerbread man says (like Simon says)
  • Gingerbread freeze dance (watch them dance stiff like a “cookie” hehe)


  • Gingerbread button match (having different kinds of buttons on hand will work great for this activity.)
  • Counting gingerbread men (All the men they traced and cut out)
  • Sizing gingerbread men


  • Gingerbread men letter ordering (I traced a gingerbread cookie cutter and wrote letters on the gingerbread men, they put them in order.)
  • Matching the uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Making gingerbread stories (check this one out my son thought of)
  • Magnet, felt, or puppets for retelling the gingerbread story
  • Letter tracing in the scented tray (brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves)


  • Create your own gingerbread boy
  • Make a gingerbread house (real or with a brown paper bag)
  • Stamping gingerbread cookie cutters with brown paint
  • Scented gingerbread head painting (brown paint, cinnamon, and nutmeg)

If you have the patience for gingerbread cookies you can make them with your children. I can never make my gingerbread cookies very good. Luckily, they have packaged cookies I get once a year for the kids. Cooking is so good for kids they are learning so many skills. I highly recommend making it with them.

Once you have your cookies you can do a little experiment with them. Add the cookie to milk, water, and syrup or honey and have them time to see which ones breaks apart first or dissolves. My oldest loved this one, he wanted to eat it after it was mush at the bottom of the glass. lol Great for a science experiment. I hope you enjoyed these gingerbread activities.

Let me know what you think of these fun ideas. Have you ever tried any of them with your children? If you have a good gingerbread cookie recipe let me know. I might give it another try. Don’t forget to check out my Teddy Bear lesson plan. Happy holidays! Love ya, Mary xoxo


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