With my new job this fall, I inherited an activity room. I have been working on new ways to promote early literacy and learning. Yesterday I put out a game that my nieces and I really liked to play last year-Roll a Gingerbread Man.
To make your own, start with a shape (in this case a gingerbread man) and add numbers to his body. You are also welcome to steal mine. I made six different gingerbread men so kids will hopefully be playing with different gameboards. I found a giant rubber dice by the register at Lakeshore Learning (not sold online) that we use to roll. I also put out a sign with rules.
Since putting it out yesterday, there have been many children playing the game with their caregivers. We have gotten compliments that it was fun to do something a little different. I like this game because it is relatively simple to put together. It is even something that a parent can recreate at home! It also isn't limited to this holiday season. You can use hearts, eggs, sunshines, or many other fun shapes. If you would rather use letters, it would be easy to add letter stickers over the numbers on the sides of the die.