Another story themed activity this week has been the tale of the Gingerbread Man. On Tuesday, we explored making gingerbread men using ginger scented dough. Then, on Friday, following on from the children's interest in performing their own 'puppet shows' this week, Kate acted out the story of the Gingerbread Man using story props in our make shift puppet theatre. Using props or puppets to tell a story can really help to engage children and make story telling more interactive! Many of the children were able to join in with the repetition of, "run run as fast as you can... you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!"
Our puppet theatre was initiated by the children themselves. Initially, we had used our play flats to create a defined space for the home corner - the children then used this space to play with puppets - so, with the addition of a large sheet, we created our Squirrels Puppet Theatre! The children were eager to perform for their peers - so we added chairs for the audience and took turns as the puppeteer! There was some lovely turn taking and imagination observed.
We have continued to be led by a festive theme this week. Our tuff trays have included an ice skating rink with real ice, a sensory snowman, and a snowy themed dinosaur swamp! We've also enjoyed our water tray and rice tray with opportunities for scooping and pouring.
A final activity from this week was our Christmas tree themed ice cream cones! Using Ice cream cones and thick green icing, the children used spreaders to colour their cones green, before then adding a variety of silver balls and edible decorations to create their Christmas trees! The children showed great focus as they decorated their cones in small groups, and this offered a great opportunity to develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Other popular activities this week have included; role play hairdressers and doctors, building with Knex, Octoplay, and stickle bricks, playing ball games in the garden, and using beanbags to practice our throwing as we aimed them at our tyre targets!
Ideas to continue the learning at home:
Using story props is a great way to engage children with story telling and to make story telling more interactive. Why not try and create your own story props? We use a mixture of story spoons or stones, laminated characters, and toys to create our props - what could you use at home? The link below gives lots of fun (and cheap) ideas for creating your own story props...
Playful Storytelling - Ideas for using a Story Bag, Basket or Prop Box! (theempowerededucatoronline.com)