Ginger & Other Scents

Ginger & Other Scents

It has been ‘Story Telling Week’ in school this week & each class was allocated a story to focus on. We were given ‘The Gingerbread Man’. This is a well-loved story, but as the interest hadn’t come from the children, I knew I’d have to find things that would draw them in to engage them. I decided that as well as the actual story itself, we would go down the sensory ‘ginger’ /herbs/spices/smell route & see what happened. I would far rather provide opportunities that have come from observations, but sometimes we have to fit in with school & get on with it!

These are some of the things we ‘got up to’…

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Story Basket

After the success of last week’s Bear Hunt story telling I simply provided props to retell the story of The Gingerbread Man…

Story Basket from Rachel (",)

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Discovery Table

Exploration & fine-motor work with herbs. This was really popular! They loved investigating all the different ‘smells’ – & of course, a bit of ‘cooking’ & ‘potion-making’ went on too…

Exploring herbs and spices from Rachel (",)

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Finger Gym

We haven’t had the Tap-A-Shape out for a while & it is so popular, so this came out again this week. They were given the challenge of creating Gingerbread people, but they could also create shapes of their choosing…

Tap-A-Shape from Rachel (",)

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Exploring Flowers

Flowers were provided with pestle & mortars. Another area they loved! Some of the herbs & spices migrated their way to this area too.

Exploring flowers from Rachel (",)

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Maths Opportunities

Gingerbread wo/men shapes, numbers & loose parts for various maths opportunities.

Gingerbread Maths Opportunities from Rachel (",)

Numbered Gingerbread Men

A variety of activities with some homemade numbered gingerbread men…

Numbered Gingerbread Man (free printable) from Rachel (",)

If you would like a copy of my gingerbread men, you can download them here: Gingerbread Men 0-20 from Rachel (“,)

(There are also some large blank Gingerbread Men, in case you’d like to use them in the way I’ve used my wooden ones in the maths area.)

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Gingerbread Dough

Really similar to last week, we had colourful buttons & googly eyes along with ginger scented dough.

Gingerbread Dough from Rachel (",)

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Lightbox

Laminated cellophane gingerbread men with shape buttons.

Gingerbread Men on the Lightbox from Rachel (",)

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Baking

How could we not make Gingerbread Men? Yum!

Making Gingerbread Men from Rachel (",)

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Of course there were Gingerbread Men games outdoors too, but we especially loved the sensory aspects of this week. 🙂

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6 Comments

  1. Love it! I did the GB theme, too (for us it was in December). Wanted to share one thing–I made a sensory bin with rice, and added laminated GB people and cardboard GB houses I found at our Dollar Store, along with tongs, scoops and tweezer, and lengths of Mardi Gras necklaces (cut into ~4 in lengths). I love how you add lights everywhere, so I added a row of lights around the sensory box. You are such an inspiration!

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    • That sounds fabulous, Chris! 😀

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  2. What a fantastic resource you have created Rachel! I bet your classroom smelt amazing! I know ours did at Christmas when we made puffy paint gingerbread men 🙂 Love the little gingerbread people you used for maths too.

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    • Thanks, Nichole! It did indeed smell amazing!
      Thanks for the lovely comment (“,)

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  3. Hi, where diid you get the gingerbread man/woman shapes from? They are exactly what I’m looking for 🙂 Thanks

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    • They were an eBay purchase, I think. They’re made of MDF if that helps for the search term (“,)

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