During the Christmas season doing gingerbread-themed activities is both fun and festive! This math activity uses free printable sheets of gingerbread men that can be turned into laminated mats for counting, “Gumdrops,” made of Play-Doh.
It makes a for fantastic hands-on Math center that works wonderfully in December and is oh such fun!
Gingerbread Man Mats
Pictured below are the free printables you can use for your gingerbread-themed math activity. These are very easy to prep and quite versatile. You simply need to print them and then lamination is recommended as well to ensure they last a long time. The printables have differing numbers so that students can put things such as Play-Doh rolled into little, “Gumdrop,” balls atop them to match the pictured number. It is also possible to use everything from real gumdrops to beads, sequins, or whatever is handy within your craft closet!
One other fun way to use the mats is to have students utilize tweezers to pick-up and place gumdrops on or take them off the gingerbread men to develop fine motor skills. By working on counting and developing fine motor skills it is a win-win!
Below are samples of the free printables. They will print as five sheets that can then be cut-up and laminated into individual mats.
How to Download the Free Printables
The file package with all of the images you need for this activity can all be downloaded completely for free! Just click here to learn how to get them at no cost to you!
Also, you can purchase the bingo sheets at this website.