The Gingerbread Man

Lady - Gingerbread - Bake - Alive! - Run - Man - Cow - Horse - Farm Hands - Chase - “Can’t catch me!” - River - Fox - Swim - Gulp


Can you build a boat for the gingerbread man to cross the river?


  • Aluminum foil, 8” X 8” squares
  • Pennies, pebbles, flat florist marbles, or other small weights
  • Basin of water

Place 15 pennies on a square of foil. Ball up the foil so the pennies are inside. Now, see if the ball will float in the basin of water. What happened?

Shape the other square of foil into a boat. Float the boat in the basin of water. Now, stack pennies on the boat, one at a time. Can you add 15 pennies without the boat sinking? Why do you think the boat stayed afloat while the ball sank? (Think surface area)

Can you design a boat that can hold more than 15 pennies? How is it different from your first boat?


Gingerbread People Ornaments


  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of very warm water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wax paper
  • Rolling pin, optional
  • Cookie cutters, optional
  • Acrylic paint, optional
  • Paint brush, optional

Combine flour, salt and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.

Mix in the 1/2 cup of very warm water. If the dough is crumbly, add more water, a tablespoon at a time.

Remove the dough from the bowl, and knead with clean, dry hands until smooth.

Place the dough between two sheets of wax paper and roll it with your hands or a rolling pin. Then cut gingerbread people out of the dough.

Poke a hole near the top of each gingerbread person (this will allow you to hang them as ornaments).

With adult supervision, bake the gingerbread people on a cookie sheet in the oven, at 300°F, for about an hour. This isn’t an exact science, because your shapes won’t be 100% even in thickness. They are done when they feel hard.

Once the clay is cool, decorate the gingerbread people with icing or paint.


This program has been designed for you to share with your child. Read the material together, ask questions and encourage your child to ask questions. Then nurture their curious mind by doing the activities with them. Books included are available via CPL’s digital library (with a library card).