12 Days of Holiday Freebies Day 2: Count the Gumdrops Gingerbread Man Activity

Happy holidays!  It’s day two of our “12 Days of Holiday Freebies” countdown, and today’s freebie is a Count the Gumdrops on the Gingerbread Man Counting Activity and Worksheet! This is a fun numeracy activity to help build math skills for young children in pre-K and Kindergarten!

Gingerbread Man Counting Activity Freebie from HeidiSongs
 

Here’s the freebie for the second day of our holiday giveaway! This is a fun one, and I really love the way it turned out!  All you need to do to prep it is print out the Gingerbread Men, laminate them, and find some pom poms to decorate it with.  Easy, right?  You can add velcro if you want, but I’m sure the kids will have just as much fun without it.

Gingerbread Man Counting 4 Freebie
 

This activity is designed to give young children a fun way to practice counting and matching sets in a fun way with a Gingerbread Man theme! The worksheet is provided as a follow up activity, and so that the children can practice moving from the concrete to the pictorial representation of the concept. I hope that you and your little ones have fun with it!

Gingerbread Man GumDrops Worksheets
 

Materials: White card stock Pom poms or other manipulatives that children can count with and use to decorate the Gingerbread Man. The pictures only show pom poms, but you may wish to use bits of rick rack, buttons, pipe cleaners, or any other little things you can find! The only limit is your imagination!  Optional: velcro

Preparation: Print out the Gingerbread Men cards with the numbers onto white cardstock and laminate them or place into page protectors. You may wish to attach velcro to the laminated papers if you want children to stick the pom poms in place, etc.

To Use: Simply show the children how to count out your manipulatives and decorate the Gingerbread Men with the correct amount of manipulatives.

Variation 1: For extra fun, give the children some pennies and nickels, and then let them “shop” for their decorations first! Then see how many different Gingerbread Men they can decorate!

Variation 2: Have the children re-arrange the pom poms in different ways to represent different addition equations as shown in the picture below.

Gingerbread Man Addition Activity
 

And I hope you didn’t miss yesterday’s post with the free Gingerbread Man ten frames! If so, grab it at the link above!

Gman Ten Frame Freebie from HeidiSongs
 

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Heidi Butkus has been teaching in California public schools since 1985. She has somehow managed to stay in Kindergarten all of those years, with the exception of five years in first grade, and also taught a parent participation preschool for a short while! Combining a strong knowledge of brain research with practical experience, Heidi has created a wealth of fun and engaging teaching techniques that work well with diverse populations. She has presented at conferences nationwide, and is the owner and founder of HeidiSongs.com. Heidi has also created fourteen original CD's and DVD's for teaching beginning reading and math skills, three musical plays designed especially for young performers, and has written some picture books and many other teaching resources. Heidi's multimedia workshops are filled with fun and motivational educational activities that have been classroom tested and revised for effectiveness with all types of learners.
    • Ooh, that sounds fun! Is that an SDE event? If so, please call or email SDE and request that they bring me out! I would sure love to come!
      Thank you so much for your comment, too!
      🙂
      Heidi

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