A has been wanting “Maisy Makes Gingerbread” by Lucy Cousins (ISBN 978-1406334753) to be read to him night and day for the last week or so. So much so he can predict the text and fill in the missing words at the end of the lines. In addition, yesterday we borrowed the story of “The Gingerbread Man” by Ronne Randall (ISBN 978-1409304463) from the community library. A has also enjoyed the story of “The Runaway Pancake” by Mairi Mackinnon (ISBN 978-0746070529) which follows a similar theme of a runaway edible who is finally eaten by a clever animal.
Today we spent the day creating and baking gingerbread characters and using them in our puppet theatre. S started by making a list of the characters his version of the story would need whilst A recapped on the books.
We then made some biscuit characters and baked them in the oven.
Whilst the gingerbread was cooking the boys designed backdrops for their show.
Once cool we mixed together some royal icing and attached a food lolly stick to the back.
We had to leave it to set but this gave the boys time to set up the music “behind the curtain so the audience can’t see it” says S. They gathered a mixture of percussion instruments and everyday objects, such as the tea cups, to use as sound effects.
Once the icing had set S happily retold his own version of the story and even managed to hold more than one character at once, whilst A provided some musical accompaniment.
A used the puppets whilst I read the story aloud and S tapped out the sounds required.
It was a lovely day, developing a story over time and using a different medium to retell it with. What other tales can we retell using food?