Monday, November 26, 2012

The Gingerbread Man: Stories, Songs and Fingerplays

We will begin celebrating the holidays and December at the New Bedford Whaling Historical Park with gingerbread men. Here are some fingerplays and songs I will be using during the program. They are not my original pieces but found on many websites over the Internet without attribution. Please feel free to use them in your work. 

I have also researched some stories, curriculum, and crafts, and of course a recipe should you wish to try your hand at making your very own Gingerbread Man!


Five Little Gingerbread Men

Five little gingerbread men lying on a tray,
One jumped up and ran away.
Shouting "Catch me, catch me, catch me if you can ...
I run really fast, I'm a gingerbread man!"

Four little gingerbread men lying on a tray...

Count down using the same lines above to one

No more gingerbread men lying on a tray,
They all jumped up and ran away.
Oh, how I wish they had stayed with me to play.
Next time I'll eat them before they run away.


Gingerbread Men

Stir a bowl of gingerbread, smooth and spicy brown.
(Pretend to stir.)

Roll it with the rolling pin up and down.
(Making rolling motions.)

Take a cookie cutter and make some little men.
(Use imaginary cutter to cut imaginary shape.)

Put them in the oven 'til half past ten.**
(Pretend to slide cookie tray into oven.)

**You can count down from ten to one or start at five and down to one.


Gingerkids (to the tune of "10 Little Indians")

One little, two little, three little gingerkids.
Four little, five little, six little gingerkids.
Seven little, eight little, nine little gingerkids.
Ten little gingerbread kids.

Where is My Gingerbread Man? (to the tune of "Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?")

Oh where, oh where is my Gingerbread Man?
Oh where, oh where can he be?
He popped out of the oven and ran out the door.
Oh where, oh where can he be?

Gingerbread Song (to the tune of "The Muffin Man")

Oh, do you know the Gingerbread Man,
The Gingerbread Man, the Gingerbread Man?
Oh, do you know the Gingerbread Man,
Who ran and ran and ran?
He said, "Catch me if you can,
If you can, if you can."
He said, "Catch me if you can,
Then ran and ran and ran.
I can run like the Gingerbread Man.
The Gingerbread Man, the Gingerbread Man.
I can run like the Gingerbread Man.
Now catch me if you can.


The Johnny Cake Boy - USA

The Runaway Pancake – Many versions may be found here.


Gingerbread Baby


Enchanted Learning – Worksheets and crafts to complement the folktale, The Gingerbread Man.

The Gingerbread Man From Around the World – This project is a K-2, learner-centered, thematic unit introducing children to the classic Gingerbread Man theme including stories from around the world.”

Kidzone -Gingerbread Man five-day theme Unit for grades K-2.

CRAFTS – The Gingerbread Man Puppets or Felt Board Characters; templates included. – Gingerbread Baby Masks to use with the book by Jan Brett, The Gingerbread Baby.

Gingerbread Men Ornaments
It is as follows:
1/2 c. cinnamon
1/2 c. applesauce
2 Tablespoons glue
Mix together and roll out onto wax paper. Use a gingerbread cookie cutter to cut out the shape. Poke a hole on the top with a straw. Let air dry for a couple of days. Then you can paint them if you like. But the smell is wonderful! This makes approximately six ornaments.
Thanks to
Kristia Wildflower for sharing this craft.


Have fun making your own Gingerbread Man!

Karen Chace 2012 ©
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