The Gingerbread Man Science Activities

In the story of The Gingerbread Man an old women bakes gingerbread men, one comes to life and races away, eventually he meets a fox who tricks him into climbing onto his nose to cross a river. The poor gingerbread man then gets eaten!

I’ve got a few Gingerbread Man themed activities to share today which  sit beautifully alongside the book and could be adapted for Early Years to Key Stage 2.

Gingerbread Man Science

What happens to gingerbread in different substances?

This investigation is great for encouraging children to starting thinking scientifically, as well as drawing on current knowledge to make predictions.

You’ll need

Small gingerbread men biscuits

Cooking oil






Measuring cylinder



  • First ask the children what they think might happen to each gingerbread man.

Questions to ask

How do you think the gingerbread man will change.

Do you think the gingerbread man will get bigger or smaller?

Do you think the gingerbread man will change colour?

  • Place gingerbread men in separate parts of your tray.
  • Measure the same amount of each substance you want to test and pour over different gingerbread men.
  • Start the timer.
  • Make observations every 20 minutes and record in a table.


Gingerbread experiment


We found that the gingerbread man in oil changed the least and the gingerbread man in water lost most of it’s colour and was the softest.

gingerbread man science

gingerbread man science

Build a Bridge for the Gingerbread Man

Stop the Gingerbread Man taking a ride on the fox by building him a bridge.

Bridge for The Gingerbread Man

Build a boat for the Gingerbread Man

Instead of a bridge you could build a boat for the Gingerbread Man. Remember it need to float and be able to support the weight of a gingerbread man.

Gingerbread Play dough

Can you make some gingerbread play dough like Pleasantest Thing? Learn about forces by pushing and pulling it or try making symmetrical gingerbread men, by adding decorations.

Bake gingerbread men

Try baking gingerbread men using different ingredients. Investigate what happens if you add bicarbonate of soda, baking power, plain and self raising flour. Can you predict how they will be different?

Gingerbread Man Science Investigations

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