Fairy Tale Week ~ The Gingerbread Man

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Our third fairy tale adventure was The Gingerbread Man.

I love this one for read alouds to littles, the repetition allows for lots of fun chanting together!

Skip Counting

Using a baking sheet, some magnetic numbers and mini-gingerbread cookies, we arranged the cookies by 2’s and counted by 2’s to 10. Being able to manipulate both the numbers and the cookies helped Little Momma and Mr Man to understand the concrete meaning of 2.

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Body Awareness

Draw and label the body parts of a gingerbread man (or lady!) – head, arms, body and legs. {We also ate the corresponding part on our cookies for reinforcement  ;)}.

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Then we had fun singing some of our favourite body awareness, action songs!

  • Head and Shoulders

  • Hokey Pokey

  • Tony Chesnut

  • Button Factory Joe

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The -an Word Family

Word families or rhyming words are great for developing pre- and early- reading strategies. I  printed all of the 3-letter -an words on gingerbread man cut-outs, then using our  letter magnets we found a and n, I would then ask Little Momma to find the corresponding letter for each of the words. After reading only 2 or 3 together, she was able to string the letters together and read each of the words independently!

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Gingerbread Playdough Activity

Using gingerbread playdough, which we made by adding ginger and brown food colouring to our  favourite playdough recipe, and rolling pins, cookie cutters, cookie sheets and some decorating materials (googly eyes, beads, pipe cleaners), the littles were invited to create their very own gingerbread peeps! Weren’t they sweet??

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“Catch the Gingerbread Man” Obstacle Course

I set-up a simple obstacle circuit for the littles, including a gingerbread cookie prize upon completion.

Our course consisted of:

  • throwing a football through the swing

  • jumping inside of  2 hula hoops

  • putting a golf ball into a hole

  • hitting a “homerun”

  • throwing a yoga ball into the baby pool

  • kicking the soccer ball through the pylons

  • and sliding down the little slide

It was simple for the kids to complete each task, but combining them and having them complete a few circuits and they were {finally!} beginning to slow down {a small miracle in our world!}.

Also, they chose to dress as a horse and a fox before we went outside, apparently the success rate for catching the elusive Gingerbread Man is better in costume!!

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Bubble Painting a Gingerbread Cut-out

Bubbles have been a big hit around here recently and so I thought we could paint a gingerbread man using bubbles.

It’s really quite easy and worked well; you pour your bubbles into a small, easy for wand-dipping container (we used a popsicle mold, which allowed for some variety in colours) and add a few drops of desired colour (liquid food colouring) to each compartment. Then have the children dip their wands and blow bubbles onto the sheet of paper. I opted to use cardstock , as I wasn’t sure how wet the papers would get and wanted them to hold up well.

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 And there you have our Mommy School adventures with the Gingerbread Man!

A related tale we also read and loved:

The Gingerbread Cowboy – a cute Western take on the original tale {especially well received when Daddy it in a John Wayne voice!!}.

Have you read this fairy tale yet? Do you have any other activities to add? Would love to hear and see what you’ve been up to! 

Fairy Tale Week ~ Goldilocks and the Three Bears

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 Second up for Fairy Tales Week was Goldilocks and the Three Bears. A tale that shows that things aren’t always what they seem, case in point, sometimes the big, scary bears are kind and the little, innocent girl is a meanie!

Pudding Painting

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Finger Painting with pudding is both fun and tasty! All you need is some chocolate pudding and some bear cut-outs…oh and some kids who won’t mind snacking on the leftover pudding 😉

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Teddy Bear Counting

Using Teddy Graham cookies to show one-to-one correspondence. Mr Man did numbers 1-5 and Little Momma showed up to 10.

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Sorting by Size

Create a chart or individual pages for each bear {Papa, Mama and Baby} that coordinates with its respective size {big, medium and small}. Discuss these words and their meanings and allow the children to match-up story items accordingly.

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I found and printed off bears, chairs, bowls and beds in varying sizes from here.

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Hard and Soft Bin

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Collect a variety of hard and soft items ( I used food from the play kitchen) into a bin.

Label two bins “hard” and “soft”, respectively. Talk about the words and what they mean. Show your child an example from each category and let them feel the difference between the two.

Then allow your child to sort the items, using their sense of touch to help them categorize each item.

Nesting Bears

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I found these sweet, little nesting bears online here – they were fun to colour and assemble and have since become a very popular game for Little Momma and Mr Man to play independently (unexpected bonus!).

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Another unexpected learning outcome was my own realization that colouring is fun for grown-ups too! Its calming effect has been an excellent and more than welcome bonus and has become Little Momma and my favourite quiet time activity to do together while the younger kiddos nap!

Porridge Sensory Bin

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Grab 3 bears, 3 chairs, 3 bowls and 3 spoons and set-up them up around a bin filled with dry oats {bonus points if you have a yellow-haired doll to play Goldilocks!}. Allow your children to explore – their imaginations will have them retelling and then rewriting the fairy tale in no time!

Related tales we also read and loved:

Goldilocks and the Three Bears – a sweet retelling of the classic tale featuring a skipping Goldilocks!

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems – a hilarious version of the story, sure to make everyone laugh!

Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox – poor Goldie is feeling under the weather and has to deal with a pesky brother on top of it – luckily she has many storybook friends who care!

Have you read this fairytale yet? Do you have any other activities to add? Would love to hear and see what you’ve been up to! 

Fairy Tale Week ~ The Three Little Pigs

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This week is Fairy Tales Week here at Mommy School and we have been having a blast learning some of our favourite stories through play!

Our week began with the classic tale of Three Little Pigs (Little Golden Book), a cute story about the pay-off of thinking smart and working hard – **spoiler alert** hard work saves you from being a wolf’s lunch!

Read on for a few of our favourite activities from this story.

Little Pig Paper Plate Masks

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We each made one of these sweet little piggie mask to use for our story re-tellings. Mr Man especially enjoyed declaring, “Not by the hair on my chinny, chin, chin!”.

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To make your own, all you need is pink paint, paintbrushes, paper plates, marshmallows (for the nose), googly eyes, glue and some black paint for nostrils. Then allow the littles in your life to create away!

 

Nature Collage

I provided a page with 3 little houses and some glue and asked the kids to find materials from the yard to depict each of the little pigs houses. They did a wonderful job choosing grass for the straw house, twigs for the house of sticks and pebbles & rocks for the house of bricks.

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Puppet Sticks with Sensory Bin

A simple sensory-story bin containing grass clippings, small sticks and an assortments of rocks, as well as some stick puppets I made using these printables. The kids spent the better part of the day re-enacting the story with the puppets by creating little homes for each pig, before having the wolf come along!

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Science Investigation: Testing the durability of each building material

This one was by far the favourite of the day, especially given the hot weather. Using some leftover Easter grass, a few popsicle sticks and a brick, Little Momma and Mr Man took turns being the Big Bad Wolf blowing down the house building materials using the hose. They found that both the ‘straw’ and ‘sticks’ moved easily, while the brick could not be budged.

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(Side Note: If using a hose isn’t an option, the activity can alternatively be done inside, using a hairdryer in lieu of the hose)

Related tales we also read and loved:

Big Bad Wolf is Good

A cute tale by Simon Puttock of the Big Bad Wolf trying to do some good to help turn his reputation around.

and

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

A fun retelling of the original story written by Jon Scieszka.

In this fractured fairytale, the Big Bad Wolf  retells of how a request for a cup of sugar and the common cold, was a simple misunderstanding blown completely out of proportion!

Have you read this fairytale yet? Do you have any other activities to add? Would love to hear and see what you’ve been up to!