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’…
After the success of last week’s Bear Hunt story telling I simply provided props to retell the story of The Gingerbread Man…
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…
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…
Flowers were provided with pestle & mortars. Another area they loved! Some of the herbs & spices migrated their way to this area too.
Gingerbread wo/men shapes, numbers & loose parts for various maths opportunities.
Numbered Gingerbread Men
A variety of activities with some homemade numbered gingerbread men…
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(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.)
Really similar to last week, we had colourful buttons & googly eyes along with ginger scented dough.
Laminated cellophane gingerbread men with shape buttons.
How could we not make Gingerbread Men? Yum!
Of course there were Gingerbread Men games outdoors too, but we especially loved the sensory aspects of this week. 🙂
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