Gingerbread cookies, gingerbread houses, the Gingerbread Man book, and the Gingerbread Baby are classics for the holiday season. With these FREE speech therapy gingerbread activities, you can target almost any speech and language skill.
First off, these FREE materials are for the following books:
Note: Personally, I think the original Gingerbread Man book is quite traumatizing. I know some like it, so I made who/where picture cards. I am more comfortable with the ending of the Gingerbread Baby. If you haven't read this book yet, PLEASE DO! It's amazing and has a lot more language practice and better illustrations. Click on image below for more info.
These story companions are meant to be functional and meaningful. There are prompts, visuals, and cues. These materials can be used to pre-teach vocab, practice answering questions, expanding utterances, categorization, etc...
To download your FREE gingerbread activities, just answer a few questions. Once you have your materials, come back here and grab ideas on how to use them!
If you need the book, click the link below:
There are 3 different activities:
You will practice MANY different speech and language skills. Read below for some ideas.
To work on vocabulary with young children, skip the flashcards. Seriously, skip them! Please! The best way to learn vocabulary is through structured play. While completing the gingerbread activities, focus on the following vocabulary words:
For more info on vocabulary learning, check out preschool/elementary vocabulary learning.
Following directions requires a person to know vocabulary, have working memory skills, and adequate attention.
Below are practice ideas for following directions while either decorating a gingerbread man/house or filling a basket with gingerbread cookies.
Remember, to be aware of your child's/student's language ability and receptive vocabulary. Pay attention to the "direction words" that you use.
Sequential: This direction is multi-step where something has to be done first, second, etc..
Before/After: This is a temporal direction. Your child has to do something before or after he/she does something else. This is TRICKY!
Spatial: Give a direction which contains a spatial aspect (under, over, above)
Basic: Basic means one-step, simple directions. If your child is having trouble, start here!
This is my FAVORITE language game. If you have been here before, you know all about it. If you are new, keep reading!
For this game, put all the cookies, candy, or gingerbread parts (whichever activity you are doing) on the table. Cut them out ahead of time.
Each child gets a turn to choose a decoration to glue on the house/basket/gingerbread man. HOWEVER, no one can point to the desired pictures (hence the "no hands" name).
Instead, each person has to describe which picture he/she wants using an attribute such as color, size, pattern, shape, category, or function.
You can also target:
Executive function skills are the abilities to plan, control impulses and emotions, multi-task, pay and shift attention, and organize. Executive functioning skills continue to develop as the frontal lobe continues to grow.
You can practice articulation skills while completing any of the activities above.
Make a list of words containing the child's target sound before beginning an activity. Model many correct productions (auditory bombardment) and provide needed cues to help the child say the desired sound. If you need more information, read articulation therapy for how to do speech therapy at home and access free word lists!
If you use the printable activities (not story companions), you can use the games as a re-enforcer during drill practice. Once a child says a sound/word/sentence (you decide the amount), give him/her the desired picture to glue on paper.