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Is there any greater smell than gingerbread cookies baking in the oven? Not in my memory. At least, not during this time of year. I try to incorporate the holiday season and all the feels into everything in that one short month we have to celebrate so of course, I had to find something I could do with gingerbread men that would be a learning experience.

Sensory bins are a great way to work on several different preschool skills at one time. This sensory bin works on fine motor, number recognition and one to one correspondence. Along with those skills, there are senses that get touched on such as smell and taste.


6 quart tub with lid  (you can choose whichever size works best for you and your child)

Oatmeal (again, you can choose whichever brand you would like)

Chocolate Sprinkles

Gingerbread Spice

Pom Poms


PDF: Counting with Gingerbread Men Printable


Put the oatmeal, sprinkles and gingerbread spice into the bin. Mix gently.  Add the poms poms and toss in the oatmeal gently to hide some of them.

Print and cut out the gingerbread men. You can use the blank gingerbread to add numbers higher than 12 or put math facts on them.

Have your child pick one gingerbread man at a time, recognize the number and then count out that many poms poms and place on or around the gingerbread man. Have them use the tweezers to pick up the poms poms.

VARIANT: Print off blank gingerbread and make pairs by writing the same letter or sight word on them. Hide them in the oatmeal and have your child search for matches.

What do you think? Would your child like this sensory bin? Let us know in the comments below!


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