I love the Gingerbread Man story, don’t you? We have been trying to extend our books beyond reading. Reading, of course, is very important! Books tell a story, but there are many ways in which to tell a story, and make a book come to life. This is the first post in what will be a series of activities for children to do with story books.
We used ‘ First Favourite Tales: The Gingerbread Man’, illustrated by Anja Rieger. This is part of the Ladybird series of books I purchased via mail-order when Tristan was a baby. It tells the story of the Gingerbread man, but in a slightly different fashion from the ‘original’ we heard growing up. This version tells the story using lots of rhyme, which is a good strategy for having youngsters learn the story a little easier, and make it a little more fun (but I do miss the old way of telling it).
The following week we again read the book together each morning before snack time. Then we worked on the little booklet activity we downloaded from Homeschool share. I cut out the gingerbread men, and the younger girls’ books, and Tristan cut out his own book. Each day the children would colour one of the gingerbread men and tear off the appropriate limb for that day and then glue the pieces into their books.
When this activity was completed, we then worked on a Gingerbread family collage, also by Homeschool Share and can be found here in the same unit. Again, we worked on this over the course of a week. Two-year-olds don’t always have a great attention span and as everyone works at a different pace, this worked better for us with the different ages. If we had done it all in one go, I think someone would have been done in 5 minutes, and someone else in 30, and the other somewhere in between. So this way there was only a few minutes difference between the children finishing so there wasn’t a lot of waiting around for any of them.
We started with the Daddy Gingerbread man on the first day, colouring and giving facial features and clothing to him before gluing Daddy to a sheet of coloured paper. It was interesting to see how the children glued the characters together. They all had stories to tell about family members holding hands or hugging. It was very cute.
Our next Gingerbread Man activity was to work with our new home made flannel board. I printed off the colour version of the story characters from Kizclub. I cut them out and laminated them. Then I put a strip of double-sided tape onto the back and added a little strip of felt to the backs of the pieces so that they would stick to the flannel board. by now the children can tell the story of the The Gingerbread Man on their own, so they can use the flannel board set and tell the story to each other whenever they would like to!
It’s fun to bring other elements into reading books. It helps with retention, understanding, and using the same idea in different contexts. It makes reading so much more fun for everyone! We are doing a couple more ideas to go along with this book, I will post them here when they have been completed, so please come back again soon.