Preschool 2 have been looking at a variety different stories and they particularly enjoyed reading the story of The Gingerbread Man. In order to extend this interest, Karen bought in some story spoons to accompany the book. The spoons each represented a character from the story and the children quickly became very interested in bringing them to life.
Firstly we gathered as a group and read through the story using the Gingerbread Man book. To extend the activity the children chose a spoon and pretended to be that character, holding up the spoon and bringing it to life when they appeared in the story. The children all sat and listened really well, paying a great deal of attention to what was going on and anticipating key events in the story with excitement.
When the story was finished the children asked if they could “do a show” using the spoons. The children split themselves into two groups and one half performed the show and the other half were the audience. When the first group were finished the children swapped over. The audience participation was really good with the children joining with the repeated refrains and clapping enthusiastically at the fantastic dramatic skills of their peers.
Our next steps will be to draw, cut out and decorate gingerbread people and access the story of the gingerbread girl.
- PSE 30 – 50 months – Can play in a group, extending and elaborating play ideas
e.g. building up a role-play activity with other children
- CL 30 – 50 months – Listens to stories with increasing attention and recall.
- CL 30 – 50 months -Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and
phrases in rhymes and stories
- L 30 – 50 months – Describes main story settings, events and principal characters.