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 science 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.
Small gingerbread men biscuits
- 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.
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.
Build a Bridge for the Gingerbread Man
Stop the Gingerbread Man taking a ride on the fox by building him a bridge.
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?
A house for the Gingerbread Man
Can you build a gingerbread house for the Gingerbread Man? Try testing different sticky substances ( icing sugar, marshmallow fluff or glucose syrup ) to investigate which stick it together the best.