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Please choose from the following activity ideas and feel free to complete in any order, try to complete one challenge per day or two-three per week.   If activities are taking longer than expected, please complete them over two days instead of one. I'm aware that some people do not have access to a printer so please adapt the activity where necessary.

Some activities will require a 'talking friend' - this can be your child's favourite teddy bear.

Activity 1 

The children will need their talking friend.  Click on the link to listen to this retelling of The Gingerbread Man (whilst reading the story, encourage your child to join in with the repeated refrains). 

The Gingerbread Man

Discuss the following with your child and ask them to tell their 'talking friend' their ideas.

  • Discuss the character of the Gingerbread Man. Why do you think he was running away? How was he feeling? What would you have done if you had seen the Gingerbread Man running away from all of the other characters?
  • Discuss the characters of the old man/baker and his wife. How do you think they felt when the Gingerbread Man ran away from them?
  • Discuss the way in which the characters tried to catch the Gingerbread Man. Was this the right thing to do?

Can you draw a picture of the story in your red home learning book? As an extra challenge, can you write a sentence to go with your picture?                                       

NB. Parents, the children will need encouragement to sound out the words and look for the sound on their sound mat provided (in pack) if unsure of how to write it.

Activity 2   (This con be completed over 2 days if needed)

Follow the link to make a quick and easy paper book, you could use A4 or A3 paper.

Quick and easy 8 page book

Can you make your own Gingerbread Man book? You could draw your own pictures or print off the sequencing sheet and add to your book in the correct order.                    NB:  not all pictures will be relevant, see if your child can identify the correct ones to cut out.

Activity 3

Read the story again or click on this link for a new version.

The Gingerbread Man

Print off the stick puppets sheet and cut out (with help) the characters. Tape onto pencils / wooden spoons / sticks. Act out the story to your talking friend. Can you act out the story in the correct order? Can you change your voice to match the characters?

Activity 4

Foxes are nocturnal (most of the time) Watch this little clips about nocturnal animals and see what you can find out.

Nocturnal Animals

Print off the nocturnal animals sorting activity - can you sort the animals into the right section?

Parents, if you don't have access to a printer the children could work in their red books. Draw a line to split the page and ask the children to draw nocturnal /            diurnal animals.

Activity 5

Can you change the ending of the story? Think of a happy ending for the gingerbread Man and draw this into your book.

Activity 6

Click on the link to play this fun rhyming game.

Roy the Zebra

Can you think of some words that rhyme with man? Write a list in your book or on your white board.

Activity 7

Make your own gingerbread man, this could be a biscuit, using an old cardboard box, drawn picture, art and craft. Can you write a speech bubble for your gingerbread man? What did he say in the story? Print off the speech bubble template or design one of your own.

Extra Activities

Please use any of these as an alternative option or as an extra challenge