Gingerbread man Activities for Preschoolers

Fun gingerbread man shadow matching game and other gingerbread man activities for preschoolers!

One of our most favorite Christmas traditions is to bake and decorate gingerbread cookies. And I am even more excited about it this year!


Because my boys are old enough to stay engaged and actually decorate some cookies on their own!

This inspired my idea for my gingerbread man shadow matching activity.

With these fun Christmas worksheets, children will get to practice visual discrimination and even scissor skills if you use them as a cut and paste activity.

So read on to find out how to download this activity, and discover more freebies and other gingerbread man activities you can do with your preschoolers!

A list of gingerbread man activities for preschoolers! Plus free Christmas preschool gingerbread man worksheets for a fun shadow matching game. A perfect visual discrimination activity for preschool or occupational therapy even. #gingerbreadman

Gingerbread man Shadow matching

Visual discrimination is an important pre-reading skill.

It allows children to spot similarities and differences between objects, and notice their shapes, colors, and position in the environment.

Therefore shadow matching activities are a good way to practice this skill.

It is easy to add this game to your December lesson plan or print it out at home for a quick weekend game!

Children will enjoy colorful illustrations and matching the cookies to their shadows. There are girls and boys gingerbread cookies, so everyone can find something they like.

Gingerbread man preschool printables

There are several ways to use these shadow matching worksheets.

First, cut out only the colored gingerbread cookies. Then have your child match the colored cookies to their shadows.

They can also glue them on, to practice some fine motor skills.

Another way is to cut out and laminate all the pieces and have your children connect each cookie to its shadow using hook and loop fasteners.

You’ll need:

  • the Gingerbead man shadow matching printable – download at the end
  • printer with color ink
  • paper
  • safety scissors
  • glue stick or glue
  • laminator (optional)
  • hook and loop fasteners (optional)

First, decide if you want to laminate the pages or use them as cut and paste worksheets.

If your child is old enough, let them help you cut out the gingerbread cookies. If not, you might need to do a bit of cutting at first. But that’s all the prep!

Then let your kids have fun!

They will compare and match all the gingerbread boys and girls to the shadows and until they find the matching ones.

They can glue them on with glue or glue sticks or leave them loose and play again!

Free Christmas printables

And before you go, make sure to grab a bunch of other Christmas freebies here on Planes&Balloons.

Christmas same and different – compare all the pictures and find the oddball!

Christmas number order puzzles – build adorable Christmas puzzles and practice numbers to 20, too

Build a Santa template – a fun activity to do with your students and kids right before Christmas

Letter to Santa templates – let your little ones draw and older kids write their letter to Santa with these free printable templates

Holiday counting to 10 for preschool – practice numbers and counting with this simple activity

Christmas counting book – count and color pictures, then trace the numbers

Christmas patterns worksheets – from simple AB patterns to more complicated ones

Gingerbread activities for preschool

This gingerbread activity will be a lot of fun for toddlers, preschoolers, and even kindergarten kids right before Christmas.

Feel free to use these shadow matching worksheets in your classroom or at home.

To download, click on the download pink link right below the download banner. Then print and play!

Have fun!

Gingerbread man shadow matching
Gingerbread man shadow matching

Please keep in mind that these free printable shadow matching worksheets are for personal or classroom use only. Altering or redistribution is not allowed in any way. Thank you!

gingerbread man activities for preschoolers

And for more gingerbread fun, here is a list of other activities worth checking out:

  1. My boys will absolutely enjoy these printable gingerbread man playdough mats by From ABCs to ACTs
  2. Five little gingerbread men poem and printables is a good way to practice counting to five. By Stay at home educator
  3. Gingerbread man cut and paste preschool activity is a great way to add some learning about shapes to your December curriculum. By Moms have questions too
  4. You’ll find a week of fun gingerbread activities for your little ones at Tot school: Gingerbread. By Mrs. Plemons Kindergarten
  5. For fun learning activities download this Gingerbread lapbook. By Homeschool creations

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