The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man is a favorite fairy tale for children. Who doesn’t want to imagine a cookie jumping off the pan and running through the woods? There are so many versions of this story it makes a great comparison. It is also a great way to share the concept of how stories change a bit here and there over time.

Share two versions of the Gingerbread Man with your child. Then ask him/her to tell you things that were the same and different between the two versions. Are the characters the same? Did the fox eat the Gingerbread Man in both stories?

The Gingerbread Man retold by Jim Aylesworth

The Gingerbread Man pictures by Karen Schmidt

Or share one of the original versions and then look at an adaption— here are a few to check out:

The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Gadone

The Gingerbread Bear by Robert Dennis

The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett (one of my favorites!)

Learn how to draw the gingerbread baby with Jan Brett

Design your own gingerbread man/boy/girl/baby… what would it look like? What adventure would it go on?

This is a great day to take out the playdough! Or make some of your own and add cinnamon and other spices to have it smell like gingerbread!

No Cook playdough (based on How Wee Learn’s recipe)


  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  1. Mix dry ingredients together
  2. add in oil and water
  3. stir until combined
  4. work dough on the counter until you get the consistency you need (sometimes you need more water or flour)

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