I'm going to have to make another batch of these up with Eden, they were a smash with her and with our family too! Before we began cooking, I told her the story of the gingerbread man (if you need a refresher, you can find the story here), and then told her that we were going to try making some.
She was so excited! When we were decorating the gingerbread men, I noticed that Eden was putting the choc chips all over the bodies, but not the heads. I asked her why, and she said "because Mummy, if they no have faces, they no run away"! Ha ha ha! Stuff like that just makes my day!
Incidentally, storytelling is really important. Books, of course, are a huge part of it, but also just telling your child a story with no pictures or books or anything is important. It teaches them listening skills and comprehension, and how to follow a storyline without visual cues. If you're a bit rusty on fairy tales, check out http://www.childrenstory.info/ for great versions to tell your kids. There's a link on the left hand side, 'Children's Stories' where you'll find nearly fifty tales to tell your tots.
See if you can link the stories in with an activity; colouring pages, puppets, cooking or baking, etc. Let us know what you come up with! ~ L.
This blog is dedicated to sharing ideas for creative play for toddlers, for those times when toys just won't cut it (and there will be those times), for when you've had enough of the telly on in the background, and for anyone who has forgotten what life was like pre-Wiggles. If you're searching for inspiration or resources to occupy your pre-schoolers (especially aged 1-4), I hope this blog can help!
Loving wife of B. and mother of three; preschooler Eden, toddler Ava and baby Zac, and both are roles which tend to keep me happily busy. Moments for 'me' tend to revolve around reading or re-reading my books (which B. refers to as my 'other children').