Sunday, December 11, 2011

"Run, run, as fast as you can!  You can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

Our seasonal efforts continued this week as we did many things gingerbread!  Another familiar story for play-acting, the children learned the art of running in place, as we took turns chasing the Gingerbread Man!  We practiced counting out 3 buttons to glue on a paper gingerbread man (above and below).

The highlight of the week is when we made an actual gingerbread man...

We took turns making a head, arms, body and legs and then made his features from candy. 

Somehow the Gingerbread Man got out of the oven while we were playing outside!  We searched and searched, only to find him back in our room, ready for us to eat!

Later we took turns finding small cookie gingerbread people all over the room!

Other activities this week included creating signs for our song that we sang at our potluck on Saturday.
Below, Gunnar and Jane paint the blue sky...

Karsten and Jane are painting the sunshine, below.

The children practiced hard for our performance!  A good "first" experience for that!

We are working hard on putting on our own snow pants.

Making a "castle."

More smiley face practice at the easel filling in a snowman...

Friday we made roads on the table with old adding machine tape and the children created a block city around it!

At the end of the week, we decided to make bird feeders out of our recycled boxes.  We hung one in the tree outside our classroom and children each made their own for home.  Let us know if you see the birds feeding from it!


Our T/Th group had fun making and decorating our Gingerbread Man -  he too escaped from the oven and was found in our room...

We found the little gingerbread people all over our room and made our paper versions with the three buttons and enjoyed learning our "lines" when we playacted the story.

We made signs for and practiced the hand motions of our song...

"May there always be sunshine, may there always be blue sky, may there always be mama (and daddy), may there always be me."  This is a Russian nursery school song I learned while minoring in that language in college. (we can learn the Russian version another time!)

We made paper roads for our trains.  Owen enjoyed drawing the tracks on the paper.

Zoe and Camille made an impromptu fort!

And Elliott always loves to make the chairs into a bus.  We went to the market and Barnes and Noble!

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