Our story this week is 'The Gingerbread Man'.
Ideas for activities at home linked to the Gingerbread Man.
- Bake Gingerbread men and write a shopping list, weigh ingredients, label / talk about parts of the body, count candy buttons, control piping icing, etc.
- Encourage your child to retell the story. "Where are the animals?", "Who chased the gingerbread man before the fox?", "What did the Old Women say?"
- Whilst reading the story, encourage your child to join in with the repeated refrains.
- Use the Gingerbread Man’s journey from the story to look at prepositions such as ‘under’, ‘on top’, ‘behind’.
- Once your child has become familiar with the story, introduce new elements to it. Instead of the baker making a gingerbread man, what else could he create? A dinosaur or a unicorn perhaps? Could the character have to jump over something different, such as a mountain instead of a river? Have fun changing the story.
- If you can, take a trip to the Bakers - Visit the Bakers to discuss and explore the different products on offer. Remember to use all your senses!
- Help your child to make a gingerbread man; this will help them to develop an interest in baking and understand the need for hygiene when making things to eat. Gingerbread baking-discuss what happens to ingredients as we bake?
- Re-enact the story with your child and encourage them to experiment with different ways of moving. Ask them to think about the ways the different characters in the story would move.
- Make a gingerbread assault course, thinking about the different tricky situations in the story (The story starts in the kitchen, then through the door (hoop?) over the gate (skipping rope?) away from the animals (under the bed sheet?) and across the stream (balanced on something). Develops the skills of moving around and avoiding obstacles.
- Take your child outside to run fast and slow. Can they jump like the Gingerbread Man?
- Take a trip to the park - Use the phrase "Run, run, as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man" to encourage your child to move in a range of ways. For example, stomp as loud as you can, hop as high as you can, walk backwards as slowly as you can, etc.