Run, Run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man.
December 2019


The children in our preschool room have been having a lot of discussions about Christmas including what they are hoping to find under the Christmas tree.  After decorating our homemade 3D Christmas tree, the children wanted to make people at the art table. Natasha gathered popsicle people from the art closet to decorate, and used marker to create their people. The children called them gingerbread people.


The class wanted to play with their puppets, so we made a puppet theatre out of a large cardboard box. The children took turns acting out roles with their gingerbread people. We asked our class if they have heard a gingerbread story. Many said no, so we found one on the IPad and shared it with the group. The children were engaged in the story, and they caught on quickly to the repetition in the Gingerbread man's song, “You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!” Through out the day this lyric a was heard during play.


educator reading a story and using a puppet gingerbread man


The next day, we practiced our fine motor skills to cut out gingerbread paper people using paper peices to create the eyes, nose, and mouth. Cole made his with pink eyes, and pink mouth with blue buttons. The children mentioned the gingerbread person needed a mouth.


Many of the children demonstrated  facial recognition and understanding  as they placed the paper creating the eyes, nose and mouth. They were using memory recognition as to what the gingerbread man looked like in the story, and created theirs like him.

The following week we painted a large box to make the gingerbread house. Saraya wanted glitter, and Brady wanted orange, blue, pink and purple colored paint. Brady then mixed all the colors together, and said to Kelley, “Look! I made brown.”


preshool boy ading sparkles to a painted box


Before outdoor time, we listened to the gingerbread story with a gingerbread paper character we made. Kelley was reading the gingerbread story, while using the paper cut out character. The children would repeat the chorus after Kelley would, “Run, run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man”.To scaffold this interest the preschooler will make gingerbread play-dough amd us cookie cut outs, gems and pom-poms.





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Lisa Rintoul, RECE

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Tracey Ruppenthal, RECE
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