These are mainly sight words for my kindergarten-aged daughter but you can bet her older and younger brothers will want a turn with them, too. They can take turns holding them up at the appropriate parts of the story, copying them onto paper and putting them in the order that they occur in the story. You can download a pdf file of the gingerbread man picture cards to print.
We also plan to play a dice game, inspired by something similar that I saw on Pinterest. I downloaded a large gingerbread man template and made a few copies. I wrote numbers on it to correspond with one die for my kindergartener and two dice for my 7 year old (he can add them together). First one to find all the numbers on their gingerbread man wins.
And then, we will do the most fun activity of all….make gingerbread cookies!
Here are some secular December vocabulary word cards that I made. My daughter loves these. We review them several times and then get more practice when the words come up in books that we read. We say, “Hey, we know that word!” She also likes to copy the words onto paper and to hang them on the wall as decorations. You can download a pdf file of the December word cards and print them.
I also wanted to share something that we had great fun with last week. I saw a Montessori present wrapping activity on Pinterest and got to work setting one up for my kids. They loved it! I don’t know why I didn’t think to take pictures. Anyway, it was a great way to show them how to wrap presents (without using massive amounts of tape), how to graciously give and receive presents and to remember to throw away the wrapping paper after opening. They can’t wait to wrap real presents now.
Do you notice how Pinterest has
taken over my life inspired me to make so many things for my kids? Here are more things I’ve pinned that are Christmas related. Hoping to try a few more this month.