The Gingerbread Man
11 May 2009Add to My Folder
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Cook up some fun with ‘The Gingerbread Man’ in the last in our mini series based on Yellow Door’s Come Alive Stories
The story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ offers plenty of opportunities for the children to get involved. The repeating story and language patterns invite participation and the ‘chase’ is fun to recreate through movement and role play. The downloadable resources will help you to extend this into a baking session, and have fun making your own gingerbread men.
Talk about the story
There are many different versions of the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’, but they all feature a runaway biscuit that escapes from the oven. The Gingerbread Man’s maker then chases him down the lane and is joined by a number of other hungry animals, all eager to be the first to eat him. The Gingerbread Man outruns them all, only to be tricked by the cunning fox who offers him a ride across the river and gobbles him up on the way!
Read ‘The Gingerbread Man’ to the children, or retell the story. Invite suggestions for the characters who chase the Gingerbread Man to the river. Encourage the children to join in with the repeating story language, particularly the refrain, ‘Run, run, run, as fast as you can – you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!’.
Talk about the story. The patterned structure is a great way to reinforce story sequence through talk and to draw out ordinal language. Who was the ‘first’ to chase the Gingerbread Man? Who was ‘next’, or ‘second’? What happened in the end?