Share Stories and Create Your Own
The story of the Gingerbread Man's plight is one which captures the imagination, and no one tells it better than famed author and illustrator, Jan Brett.
Take some time to share two of her most notable stories, Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread Friends.
When you have finished reading the stories, encourage the children to create their own version of the tale. What other adventures might the Gingerbread Man encounter?
By using the template or coloring sheet, you can create the pages for the book. Have the children draw their own illustrations inside of the Gingerbread Man outline, and then also decorate the border areas outside of the Gingerbread Man - just like Jan Brett does when she decorates the borders of her own book pages!
If you make copies onto legal-sized paper, you can also add text lines to the bottom of the coloring sheet, so that the children can write a story to go along with their illustrations. As the children may be too young to write on their own, have them dictate the story to you and classroom assistants or volunteers, as you write it in.
When your stories are complete, add a construction paper cover. You can even use the decorated Gingerbread Man activity described below, Then, staple all the pages together or bind them with ribbon. Have fun sharing the stories throughout the holiday season, or all winter long!