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In this math activity, learners use gingerbread cookies to collect and organize simple data. First, learners read "The Gingerbread Boy" by Paul Galdone. Next, learners each take a bite out of a gingerbread cookie and record on a graph where they took the bite from (which part of the cookie they bit). Learners analyze the group graph and fill out individual record sheets. Learners also read and sing songs about gingerbread men, create a Venn-diagram, and make gingerbread puppets out of craft supplies.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Food and Cooking
  • Literature
  • Music


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • smell
  • taste
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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