I think it’s wonderful to let kids explore books and stories in the dramatic play center! Here’s a simple Gingerbread Man activity to set up on the home area after reading the classic story. Children can act out the story, retell it sequentially, or even make up their own version! So many valuable literacy skills in one fun and easy “package.”
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Gingerbread Man activity for the Dress Up Center
These are the items I set out in the home center. I chose them because they were already on-hand in my classroom –
- Wooden stand mixer
- Cookie sheets
- Foam gingerbread men (I got mine at a local craft store, but they have something like it HERE)
- Googly eyes
- Cookie cutters – traditional gingerbread men and a Ninjabread Man (because why not??)
Here are some other materials you could include –
- An apron
- Foam decorations for the gingerbread men
- Masks to represent the other characters in the story
- Gingerbread play dough
- Rolling pins
Set up the invitation
I like to keep dramatic play invitations rather simple. The kiddos use their imagination as the main “material”, so I just need to give them access to the supplies and the space!
I placed everything out on one shelf near our Home Center. Everything was laid out so the kids could access it, and that’s about it!
Let the kids play!
Now it’s time to step back and let the children jump into the Gingerbread Man activity! I’ve set out this invitation many different ways over the years, and the children always have such a blast with it.
Sometimes a group wants to retell the story from start to finish, usually bringing the book in as a reference (oh, how I love that). I’ve had some groups that change the traditional ending of the story, and it’s always fun to see what they come up with! Once, the children had the fox and the gingerbread man sit down and have some pizza together!
Most of the time, the children spend the bulk of the activity pretending to make the batter and decorate the gingerbread man. While they love pretending he runs away and is chased by all kinds of characters, it’s the pretend baking and decorating that pulls them in. I think it’s because baking is an activity they see in their home lives. It’s something they see their families do, and it’s something they enjoy helping with. 🙂
Would your children/students enjoy this simple Gingerbread Man activity? Do they enjoy dramatic play, overall? What are some of their favorite ways to play?
I’m so excited to be a part of Happy Brown House’s Dramatic Play from A to Z series! Be sure to follow along for so many ideas to try out in your Home Center!