The Gingerbread Man Pretend Play Printable Activity

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As part of the Christmas Read & Play Blog Hop, I created a fun activity to go along with the classic story, The Gingerbread Man! This is a pretend play activity where kids can "bake" gingerbread cookies (free printables included) and then bring them alive by decorating them with playdough!

Gingerbread Cookies Pretend Play with Free Printable

We started off by reading the classic children's book The Gingerbread Man, and talking about how the gingerbread man came alive after being baked in the oven.

Then, I printed off and laminated these FREE Gingerbread Cookies printables

The girls played with their awesome and inexpensive Little Tikes Cupcake Kitchen, pretending to bake the cookies in their oven.

Then I gave my 3 year old daughter some playdough and helped her decorate the cookies. Now the cookies are ready to "eat"!

We also stood up the cookies inside playdough to really make them come alive!

I hope you enjoy reading The Gingerbread Man and playing with these pretend cookies!

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Viviana is a blogging mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a kindergartner, sharing ideas and resources for early education. She specializes in unique, hands-on printable activities that are educational, fun and inspire creativity in young minds.


  1. We have been reading and playing gingerbread in my kindergarten classroom. Thanks for the printables that will add to our fun.

  2. This is such a cute holiday activity! I wanted to let you know that I have a kids activities site at where bloggers can share their ideas. I am linking to this post if you don't mind. You are welcome to share your ideas with a link back if you would like. Alyssa

  3. This is such a cute printable and i like that it's blank so that my girls can style them just the way they want.