This Gingerbread Game for Kids is a great way to work on core strength, coordination, motor planning, social skills and more! Perfect for the holiday season!
One of our favorite activities that we’ve ever created for the Inspired Treehouse was Body Bridges. It was such a simple activity, but we loved it because of how effective it was at building core strength and upper body strength and because it was created by the kids themselves!
We knew we already loved this activity, but today, I managed to make it even more fun by giving it a holiday twist! It was Gingerbread Week at The Treehouse, and this inspired us to turn body bridges into a fun gingerbread passing game that is perfect for a large group of kids. We couldn’t wait to share it with you today!
What You’ll Need:
2 boxes or containers
What to Do:
Have kids sit on the floor or on a mat in line (side by side). The goal of the game is for the kids to work together to pass the gingerbread man from the box or container on one end of the line of kids to the “oven” (a box or container) at the other end.
There are a few different ways to complete this challenge…
1 || Plank Pass
Have all of the kids positioned side by side in plank pose. The first child chooses a gingerbread cookie from the container and, maintaining the plank position, slides it across the floor to her neighbor with one hand. Her friend then repeats this, sliding the cookie to the person next to her. And so on, until the cookie reaches the “oven” at the other end of the line.
2 || Crab Crossover
Have all of the kids positioned in a crab walk position, side by side. Have them reach over their bodies with one hand to pass and receive the gingerbread man from their neighbor.
3 || Core Cruncher
Position the kids so that they’re lying in supine alternating heads and feet (so each child’s head is next to his neighbors’ feet). Have the first child sit up from the supine position to pick up a gingerbread cookie from the container and then lay back down, holding the cookie. The next child will then sit up and retrieve the cookie from the first child, lying back down. And so on, until the cookie makes its way all the way down the line!
How to Change it Up:
-Find even more ways you could pass and play with the gingerbread men by in our Pumpkin Pass Relay game!
-The template contains gingerbread men with different colored bow ties, so you can also make this into a patterning or sorting game! You could even have the child at the “oven” end of the line call out an order for a certain color cookie to be passed down the line!
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