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Run Run as Fast as You Can: Bonhomme en pain d'épice Part 1 of 2

14.12.16
What have we been up to? Well, we are recovering. It's becoming old isn't it?  But, it's true, it seems we are always recovering from something. Whatever the case, we have been blessed with one normal week, where no one got too sick, or too anything for that matter.
 

At the end of last week, we read a story about a strange and silly gingerbread man who ran away. Have you ever heard of such a tale? The children had so much fun with this one :).
We found the classic story of the Gingerbread man on this site. We really enjoyed "turning the pages". We also watched this video, (which I thought was fabulous), and the french version here (slightly different), but has English subtitles too.

What a fun story! The children and I had a lot of fun doing all types of activities and learning. One of the best things about this story is that it is simple, repetitive, and each child can play a role. And, surprisingly, none of the children were traumatized that the Fox, or in our case the crocodile ate the little man. Is it just me?

Here's what we came up with.

We did our own story-telling (every single morning). We didn't have a fox, so we used a crocodile instead :). The photo below (last photo) of the simple cardboard gingerbread men, are props from the story...each child had his own gingerbread man.


Simple math 

Gingerbread man counting game (how many buttons...un deux trois)

Poetry/Fingerplay 

Up, Down, Fast, Slow
Gingerbread, gingerbread, reach up high.
See if you can touch the sky.
Gingerbread, gingerbread, ready to go?
See if you can crouch down low.
Gingerbread, gingerbread, oh so sweet,
Take a bow and have a seat.
Gingerbread, gingerbread, in a crowd,
Clap your hands very loud.
Gingerbread, gingerbread, quietly clap,
Now fold your hands in your lap.
~unknown

Catch Him if You Can!
 

(tune: "Pop Goes the Weasel")
Who can catch the Gingerbread Man?
Catch him if you can.
I can catch him said the _______.
But away he ran.
*Fill in the blank space with names of characters in the story or use children's names.


Stay tuned for part 2 of our gingerbread man chase...

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