Thursday, February 11
Storytelling: The Gingerbread Man
This month we are using The Gingerbread Man as our story for storytelling. I introduced it by reading it (words no pictures) to my oldest daughter (almost 4 1/2) during a quiet time. I forgot how much I liked the story and I am excited about the activities we can do with this during the month. The version I am using comes from Waldorf educator Donna Simmons in her manual Kindergarten With Your 3-6 Year Old. I found a similar version here.
After a few readings, I set up a reenacting area. Somehow I had everything we needed for the scene, including the little gingerbread man (that I think is supposed to be a pencil topper) Of course my daughter wanted to be the gingerbread man "Run, run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!"
This meant I got to be the tricky fox (funny how it fits right on top of the fox's head). Later, my younger daughter (2 yrs) was playing with it and I told her the story using the props. She loved it! Other activities we will do include acting it out (play-like), playing a game of Gingerbread Man outside (tag-like), using the felt gingerbread man in the play kitchen and of course baking some gingerbread people.