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How to make The Gingerbread Man story stones

The story of The Gingerbread Man is a perfect book for reading at this time of year. It’s a classic fairy tale about a Gingerbread Man’s escape from various pursuers and his eventual demise between the jaws of a fox. There are variations in the characters but our favourite features an old couple, a chicken, a dog, a cow, a horse and a fox.

The story is great for it’s rhythm and repetition with the lines

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

We love crafting around books, they really help my children engage with the story and it seems to help them remember the characters and story. I thought I would make The Gingerbread Man story stones to help my children tell the story for themselves.

gingerbread story stones - the gingerbread house

Equipment needed to make The Gingerbread Man story stones:
smooth pebbles or stones
images of the main characters in The Gingerbread Man
PVA glue and brush

How to make The Gingerbread Man story stones:

gingerbread man story stones - the gingerbread house

Most importantly you need images of the main characters in The Gingerbread Man story. We found images on Twinkl, but you could cut them out of an old copy of the story or draw your own.

Trim the images to fit your pebbles and glue them in place with a generous layer of PVA glue.

gingerbread man story stones - the gingerbread house

Set aside and leave to dry.

gingerbread man story stones - the gingerbread house

When they are dry use them to tell the story of the Gingerbread Man. My children love to tell me their own version of the story using them but we also hide them so they can look for them. We’ve even used our craft supplies to make a backdrop for our story telling, a matchbox for an oven and craft sticks for the river help the story really come to life.

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10 Comments

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    Eileen Teo
    November 19, 2014 at 12:06 am

    What a clever ideas! They look so pretty too! Thank you for sharing it with us #pintorials

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    Karen Bell
    November 24, 2014 at 9:44 am

    What a lovely idea. It’s great to get children involved in a story and help use their imaginations for their own version too.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

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    Cerys from Rainy Day Mum
    December 2, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    These are great perfect for helping kids with retelling and developing their own story language.

    Thanks for participating in this year Story Book Advent I hope you will join in with future Story Book Advents and Summers.

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    Mihaela
    December 6, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Playing with rocks is one of my daughter’s favorite activities! She even has a collection of rocks! 🙂 We are going to try this activity with some of her favorite books!

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