Math Activity Themes: Gingerbread Math

Gingerbread men and gingerbread houses enjoy special popularity around the holidays, but many of these gingerbread activities are timeless and complement literature titles that teachers use at the beginning of school or after the holidays. It's very easy to incorporate mathematics into a study of gingerbread men, and students will enjoy the data collection activities and games while learning math skills and deepening their understanding of important mathematical concepts.

Look through the math activities in this collection and add some to your repertoire. Consider broadening the gingerbread math to include measurement, games and problem solving this year.

Activities and resources in this Mathwire collection include:

  • math mats
  • measurement
  • symmetry
  • glyphs & graphing ideas
  • math-literature connections
  • games
  • problem solving
  • links to additional internet activities

Winter Math Activities

Be sure to check out the Mathwire Winter Math Activities collections for more seasonal math activities and resources designed to develop mathematical concepts and skills:

  • Winter 2005 Math Activities: include Koch Snowflake, Penguin Math, Snowflake Activities, Snowman Problem Solving, Literature Connections, Winter Glyphs, Winter Data Collection, Gingerbread Activities, Winter Coordinate Graphing, Holiday Problem Solving, and samples of student work.
  • Winter 2006 Math Activities: include penguin math, winter coordinate graphing activities, snowflake activities, literature connections, winter glyphs, winter problem solving and links to additional online activities.
  • Winter 2007 Math Activities: include Winter Geometry, Pattern Block Snowflakes, Snowman Math, Penguin Math, Gingerbread Math, Winter glyphs, Winter Coordinate Graphing Activities, Winter Problem Solving, Winter Math-Literature Connections, and Links to Winter Math Activities on the web.
  • February 2006 Math Activities, updated for 2007, include Freedom Quilts, Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day, Winter Olympics.
  • Valentine's Day 2008 Math Activities include Valentine Probability, Valentine Discrete Math, Valentine Quilts, and Valentine Symmetric Faces.

Mathwire Blog

Don't miss the new Mathwire Blog for the latest updates on Mathwire! The Mathwire blog will feature new activities as they are added to the Mathwire collection and it will also spotlight classic Mathwire activities, adding suggestions for classroom implementation and/or modifications to best meet the needs of varied students in a classroom.

Best of all, the Mathwire Blog format allows users to comment on the activities and add their own ideas to the mix. This should benefit all of us as we try to engage students in learning mathematics.

Check out the new Mathwire Blog and be one of the first to become an active contributor to the Mathwire family. The Mathwire Blog replaces the old Mathwire subscription e-mail lists so that you are constantly up-to-date on Mathwire happenings.

Recent Additions to

Check the New on webpage to see what's new on the site this month. Be sure to check this page often to see what's been added to the site since your last visit.

Check the Recent Additions to webpage to see the most recent additions to the site this month.

Mathwire Search Options

New to There are several ways to search the site for activities by Math Standard, Math Topic, or using an alphabetical search.

About is designed to provide activities and appropriate worksheets for teachers to use in their classrooms.   All activities and worksheets support the constructivist approach to learning mathematics and the NCTM Standards.

Activities:   The activities on this site were developed by Terry Kawas and the teachers in districts where she has worked as a math consultant and coach or with students she has taught in college math-methods courses.   The activities are classroom-tested by teachers and appropriate modifications have been made to reflect this field-testing.   These activities are posted online in an effort to share quality activities and routines within the mathematics community.

Terms of Use:   Teachers are welcome to download any of the activities for free use in their classrooms.   No activities may be copied for use on other websites or included in commercial products without permission in writing from Terry Kawas, webmaster.   Contact Terry Kawas