Ginger & Other Scents

Ginger & Other Scents

It has been ‘Story Telling Week’ in school this week & each class was allocated a story to focus on. We were given ‘The Gingerbread Man’. This is a well-loved story, but as the interest hadn’t come from the children, I knew I’d have to find things that would draw them in to engage them. I decided that as well as the actual story itself, we would go down the sensory ‘ginger’ /herbs/spices/smell route & see what happened. I would far rather provide opportunities that have come from observations, but sometimes we have to fit in with school & get on with it!

These are some of the things we ‘got up to’…


Story Basket

After the success of last week’s Bear Hunt story telling I simply provided props to retell the story of The Gingerbread Man…

Story Basket from Rachel (",)


Discovery Table

Exploration & fine-motor work with herbs. This was really popular! They loved investigating all the different ‘smells’ – & of course, a bit of ‘cooking’ & ‘potion-making’ went on too…

Exploring herbs and spices from Rachel (",)


Finger Gym

We haven’t had the Tap-A-Shape out for a while & it is so popular, so this came out again this week. They were given the challenge of creating Gingerbread people, but they could also create shapes of their choosing…

Tap-A-Shape from Rachel (",)


Exploring Flowers

Flowers were provided with pestle & mortars. Another area they loved! Some of the herbs & spices migrated their way to this area too.

Exploring flowers from Rachel (",)


Maths Opportunities

Gingerbread wo/men shapes, numbers & loose parts for various maths opportunities.

Gingerbread Maths Opportunities from Rachel (",)

Numbered Gingerbread Men

A variety of activities with some homemade numbered gingerbread men…

Numbered Gingerbread Man (free printable) from Rachel (",)

If you would like a copy of my gingerbread men, you can download them here: Gingerbread Men 0-20 from Rachel (“,)

(There are also some large blank Gingerbread Men, in case you’d like to use them in the way I’ve used my wooden ones in the maths area.)


Gingerbread Dough

Really similar to last week, we had colourful buttons & googly eyes along with ginger scented dough.

Gingerbread Dough from Rachel (",)



Laminated cellophane gingerbread men with shape buttons.

Gingerbread Men on the Lightbox from Rachel (",)



How could we not make Gingerbread Men? Yum!

Making Gingerbread Men from Rachel (",)


Of course there were Gingerbread Men games outdoors too, but we especially loved the sensory aspects of this week. 🙂

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  1. Love it! I did the GB theme, too (for us it was in December). Wanted to share one thing–I made a sensory bin with rice, and added laminated GB people and cardboard GB houses I found at our Dollar Store, along with tongs, scoops and tweezer, and lengths of Mardi Gras necklaces (cut into ~4 in lengths). I love how you add lights everywhere, so I added a row of lights around the sensory box. You are such an inspiration!

    • That sounds fabulous, Chris! 😀

  2. What a fantastic resource you have created Rachel! I bet your classroom smelt amazing! I know ours did at Christmas when we made puffy paint gingerbread men 🙂 Love the little gingerbread people you used for maths too.

    • Thanks, Nichole! It did indeed smell amazing!
      Thanks for the lovely comment (“,)

  3. Hi, where diid you get the gingerbread man/woman shapes from? They are exactly what I’m looking for 🙂 Thanks

    • They were an eBay purchase, I think. They’re made of MDF if that helps for the search term (“,)


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