Gingerbread Story Time with FREE Printable

Is it the warm, spicy scent? Is it the playful decorations? Is it the feisty way they were characterized in Shrek? Something about Gingerbread Men makes them a Christmas favorite. A Gingerbread Man story time is a fun one to do this time of year with preschoolers.

This week the Virtual Book Club for Kids has created a whole host of ideas about Gingerbread inspired by The Gingerbread Man by Jim AylesworthThis sweet story is a great jumping off point for a wide variety of activities and our story time!

Note: Our story times always have the same parts; We start with a hello song. Next, I read 2-3 books about a topic with a rhyme/song and group activity that works on a developmental goal in between each book. We end with a goodbye song and then head to the table. At the table there is an invitation of some sort that works on another one of the developmental skills they are building. These elements are all listed below so you can move them around into whatever order works for you!

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Gingerbread Man Story Time

Hello Song.

Hi, Hello and How Are You (Watch on YouTube) with Let’s All Clap (Watch on YouTube) from Jbrary

Books about Gingerbread.

There are quite a few fun books about Gingerbread and the Gingerbread Man. These are my favorites for reading aloud.

VBC Featured Book: The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth

This is a sweet version of The Gingerbread Man. Playfully told and gently illustrated. Encourage your listeners to join in on the refrain!

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Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy by Lara Ede and Tim Bugbird

This book was recommended to me when my twins were deep in their fairy obsession, so I immediately added this to our to-read list. It is a fun book about a fairy who runs a gingerbread store until another fairy shows up with a glittery plastic store. The message in the end is that both can have value and more old fashioned ideas, like gingerbread, need not be replaced entirely. As a girl who likes her old fashioned, simple Christmas I loved the fairy infused message.

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The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup

This is just silliness. Jim and his mom make Gingerbread Men cookies on Christmas Eve. His favorite is Captain Cookie who he puts by his bed at night. While Jim sleeps Captain Cookie comes to life and goes on an adventure to save his pirate crew from Santa Claus.

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Gingerbread Christmas by Jan Brett

A gingerbread band, a merry chase and Jan Brett delightful illustrations. This is a fun Christmas story.

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Gingerbread Story Time Printables

Songs + Rhymes about Gingerbread

5 Gingerbread Men (Watch on YouTube) from Kiboomers

Find Free Song Visuals in this Gingerbread Printable Pack


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Group Gingerbread Patterning Activity

For our group time activity I made some simple gingerbread printables to work on patterning.

Set Up:

I printed them out, cut out the gingerbread people, and then laminated them with contact paper. I also grabbed masking tape and a cookie sheet.


We did this activity during Group the first time. To start, we used just two colors and made a simple AB pattern.

I passed out the gingerbread people to my kids, but kept four cards for myself.

After putting up the start to our simple Gingerbread Men pattern on our group board, the kids took turns showing me what came next by adding their Gingerbread Men to the pattern.


We just used masking tape to stick the Gingerbread Men to a cookie sheet (too corny cute for me to resist), but you could also add felt or magnets to the backs to make this work on different surfaces.

After the first pattern, I gave them each a chance to start a pattern of their own. This would be difficult with a larger group, but could be done during a small group Math center.


After group time, this Gingerbread Printable was used again as a morning invitation. If I was doing this activity with a Story Time or Group Time, I would have put them out at the Math Center after story time.

Download:  FREE Gingerbread Printables

Goodbye Song.

The Goodbye Train is Leaving. (Watch on YouTube) from Jbrary

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Table Invitations about Gingerbread

Non gingerbread holiday houses

Graham Cracker “Gingerbread” Houses

These super simple to make (but admittedly messy) creations are so fun to make! You could certainly substitute gingerbread in for the graham crackers if you want to provide a more legitimate gingerbread activity. Find Direction Here.

Gingerbread Story Time with Free Printable

More Gingerbread Table + Center Activities

My Virtual Book Club for Kids co-hosts have some more creative activities to do after a Gingerbread Themed Story Time.

Gingerbread Name Activity from Books and Giggles

Counting with Gingerbread Men from Powerful Mothering

Yummy ABC Gingerbread Men Cookies from Growing Book by Book

Build a Gingerbread Boy Number Game from Toddler Approved

Sensory Bin from Powerful Mothering

Gingerbread Man Story with Printable Finger Puppets from JDaniel4’s Mom

Yummy Honey Gingerbread House Cookies Decorating from Preschool Powol Packets

Decorate a Gingerbread Man from Mama Smiles

Gingerbread Man Finger Puppet Craft from Artsy Momma

Gingerbread Man Lacing and Craft from To Be a Kid Again

Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt with Free Printables from Sunny Day Family

Roll a Gingerbread Man from Teach Beside Me

How to Sew a Gingerbread Ornament With Your Child from An Educator’s Spin On It

Gingerbread Man Number Line Game from Adventures of Adam


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