The last two weeks of school before our winter vacation, the focus book at the Kindergarten was The Gingerbread Man by Catherine McCafferty. Over the course of the week they read many other versions of this classic tale and even wrote their own version of the gingerbread man!The Gingerbread Kid Goes to School by Joan Holub and we made sponge-painted gingerbread men decorated with collage materials. First the kids drew ovals and circles in pencil on a 12x18 piece of construction paper. You could have them draw the shapes free hand or use this template.
Then they dipped sponges (with clothespins clipped to them as handles) into a shallow plate of brown paint. They dabbed the paint all over their drawing being sure to cover all the pencil marks. When they were dry, I gave them collage materials (buttons, foam pieces, painted paper, pom poms, etc) to decorate their gingerbread men. They look fabulous!
Here are many of the versions of The Gingerbread Man that we read: