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DJ Inkers is one of my favorite clip artists.  Her gingerbread house is so cute, that I went on a designing frenzy, creating all sorts of gingerbread-themed activities. 

gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, gingerbread games, december writing prompts, gingerbread bulletin boards, bulletin board ideas for decemberI like to have a lot of matching items in my classroom and centers, so if we think alike, perhaps you too will enoy adding some of these items to your gingerbread activities this month. 

First up is a gingerbread house "flip open" writing prompt card. When you flip the house open, it reveals a completed writing prompt, where students write what it’s like to be a gingerbread cookie, or what it’s like to live in a gingerbread house.

gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, gingerbread games, december writing prompts, gingerbread bulletin boards, bulletin board ideas for decemberAnother option is to send the worksheet note home, for the entire family to take part in. 

They glue a family photo to the square and everyone signs their name. The caption reads: “Merry Christmas from our house to yours.”

For that finishing touch, have them write the number portion of their address on the gingerbread house. Completed projects make an adorable winter bulletin board.  

gingerbread activities, gingerbread crafts, gingerbread games, december writing prompts, gingerbread bulletin boards, bulletin board ideas for decemberOlder students can draw their family, or glue a photo to the front, then do the writing prompt on the back. 

Next up is a gingerbread place value game packet, which is a quick, easy and fun way to practice, as well as whole-group assess.

Print off a class set of the colorful place value mats, laminate & trim.
Call out a number and have children break it down using a dry erase marker

gingerbread activities, gingerbread emergent reader, spatial directions activities, common core gingerbread, gingerbread crafts, gingerbread games, december writing prompts, gingerbread bulletin boards, bulletin board ideas for decemberI've included manipulatives, in 3 different sizes, so that you can "show" the number in a more visual way too. 

Another fun way to practice and whole group assess, is with the gingerbread house "sliders".

gingerbread activities, gingerbread emergent reader, spatial directions activities, common core gingerbread, gingerbread crafts, gingerbread games, december writing prompts, gingerbread bulletin boards, bulletin board ideas for decemberCall out a number; students pull on the "sliders" 'til the appropriate numbers appear in the windows.

You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.

Staying with math, students can also practice fact families with the Gingerbread House Fact Family Fun packet, which includes games, centers and worksheets.

gingerbread activities, gingerbread emergent reader, spatial directions activities, common core gingerbread, gingerbread crafts, gingerbread games, december writing prompts, gingerbread bulletin boards, bulletin board ideas for decemberFinally, to cover reading, I designed the Gingerbread House Emergent Reader packet,Gingerbread House Emergent Reader packet, which practices spatial directions, a Common Core Standard.

Students read the simple sentences, add end punctuation, trace and write the spatial direction words (above, under, beside, left, right, between) and then color, cut and glue the gingerbread cookie to the appropriate place.

The cookies are in 2D shapes.
When everyone is done, read as a whole group to cover concepts of print.

I've also included a "Where's the Gingerbread Man?" game to further reinforce spatial directions. 

gingerbread activities, gingerbread emergent reader, spatial directions activities, common core gingerbread, gingerbread crafts, gingerbread games, december writing prompts, gingerbread bulletin boards, bulletin board ideas for decemberThe featured FREEBIE today, also features a gingerbread house

It's an upper and lowercase letter slider craft, which is a quick, easy and fun way to whole-group assess

For that finishing touch, we sprinkled colorful confetti on the rooftop, which looked like little bits of candy. I bought a bag at a party store for just $1.50. 

To review and practice patterning, I had my kiddos trace the letters on the "slider strips" in an ABAB (red & green) color pattern.

gingerbread activities, gingerbread emergent reader, spatial directions activities, common core gingerbread, gingerbread crafts, gingerbread games, december writing prompts, gingerbread bulletin boards, bulletin board ideas for decemberWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. It's time for me to switch gears and do some painting. 

I'm making 3 animal pictures for a zoo-themed nursery, for grandchild #7.  Wishing you a marvelous day, filled with memorable moments.

 "And I had but one penny in the world. Thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread." –-William Shakespeare, Love’s Labours Lost

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