I taught kindergarten for 16 years and was a district k-1 strategist for 2. I have a masters degree in curriculum and instruction from Dallas Baptist and a doctorate in early childhood studies with a minor in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Texas. I am currently working for Dallas ISD as a prek instructional specialist.
This idea came from one of my former teammates. Last year, instead of hunting for the Gingerbread Man, we hunted for Chester the Raccoon from the book The Kissing Hand. We read letters and followed raccoon prints around the school (I made black construction paper raccoon prints and taped them in various places all around the school) to learn where places were and who the people in our school were. When we made it back to our room, there were Hershey kisses waiting for us! Go to The Kissing Hand Hunt to download the masters for the letters. They are in Word format so you can replace my staff names with your own.