Do you love using The Gingerbread Man story in your therapy sessions? It is great for teaching oral narration and language skills.
Over the years, I have even found ways to incorporate social pragmatic skills with a gingerbread man theme.
Today, I wanted to share some gingerbread man speech therapy activities you can do with your students in December or January.
Gingerbread Man Speech Therapy Activities
You can work on oral narration and comprehension using the book The Gingerbread Man. Another way to build language is to compare and contrast different versions of The Gingerbread Man.
Here are some book versions that you can use in therapy (Amazon affiliate links included):
After reading the story, you can work on word opposites such as hungry/full, fast/slow, go/stop, wet/dry, shallow/deep.
As a group, you can target the tier II vocabulary of chase, stream, and gobble.
You can discuss kitchen utensils and things that people can bake.
Review each picture in the story and work on grammar concepts while retelling the story.
Gingerbread Man Activities for Mixed Groups
You can use gingerbread man cookies to work on so many functional language skills. Have your students decorate gingerbread man cookies to work on CORE vocabulary, requesting, commenting and sequencing. I found these different sized cookie cutters, so we also worked on big, bigger, and biggest. Students working on articulation carryover can practice their speech sounds while explaining how they decorated their gingerbread man cookie.
When using a task card deck with your mixed groups, you can make the deck more engaging by planning the “Catch the gingerbread man” game. All you need are gingerbread men, some fox printables, paper clips and a magnetic wand. Attach gingerbread men to most of the task cards. Put a few foxes under the cards. Then, students pick a card with the magnetic wand. If it has a gingerbread man, they get to keep it. If it has a fox, then they lose a card. Grab these free printables HERE.
Gingerbread Man Brain Break Activities
For your students that need movement to help them stay engaged, I highly recommend these YouTube videos as fun brain breaks.
This allows your students a quick time to get their wiggles out while still moving their bodies to something related to The Gingerbread Man theme.
The second YouTube video puts some verbs from the story in song form which may help some of your students with learning that vocabulary.
I love incorporating YouTube videos into my whole class push-in lessons to break up the session.
Visual Supports for Story Retell
To work on story retell using The Gingerbread Man, use file folder activities to help scaffold oral narration.
Some of your students may need step by step visual supports with what happened in the story. Use the file folders in my TPT store to plan leveled activities for your students.
You may have some students with complex communication needs and need additional supports to help them demonstrate their comprehension of the story. You can have your students match characters or story elements if they can’t verbally sequence the story.
For students working on increasing MLU, have them use the visual sentence frames to build sentences about “who” was chasing the gingerbread man.
Work on story retell using visual supports in a sensory bin. You can check out how I made a gingerbread man sensory bin HERE.
It includes free printables to make your own gingerbread man sensory bin.
Gingerbread Man Activities for Body in the Group
The gingerbread man loves to be chased. And, it seems to be quite hard to catch him. Planning a body in the group gingerbread man chase around campus can be a practical way for you to work on staying with a group and thinking about others.
Check out this blog post to see how you can plan a gingerbread man hunt and work on social pragmatics as a whole class. I used a free printable to make this activity come to life!
Gingerbread Man Push-In Lesson Plan Ideas
When I plan push-in lessons for my K-1 and 1-2 Special Day Classrooms, I like to read a story book at the carpet and do a Google Slide presentation as a group.
Then, the class breaks up into three smaller group work stations. I plan three activities that align with theme of the week and use the teacher and aides to help with running stations. To see how I setup my push-in lessons, head to this blog post. If you are interested in learning about different collaborative service models, head to this blog post.
At the stations, you can plan an easy craft, use the characters from the story to work on prepositions while playing “Simon says”, and a pretend play gingerbread man cookie baking station to work on language and social skills in a functional way.
If you are needing lesson plan guides that will help you implement small group and whole class lessons, check out my gingerbread man push-in guides. It has 3-5 small group activities, book suggestions, a letter to send home to parents, a Google Slide presentation and cheat sheet guides for the teacher aides. Grab this resource and finally feel confident with structuring your therapy sessions.
These are the activities you can do with a gingerbread man theme. What do you plan for your students? Share in the comments!