Gingerbread Story Time Extravaganza

Gingerbread Story Time Extravaganza

The community where I work has a very active downtown association.  They hold a big, festive event the weekend after Thanksgiving.   And we’re involved in the kick-off.  We hold 2 simultaneous storytimes (one in the library’s meeting room and one in the children’s services program room).  Afterwards the crowd meets on the street (temporarily closed by the police) where Mrs. Claus rides a fire truck behind a marching band. They walk down Main Street for a block to the train station where Santa is welcomed and they light the tree.

Don’t you love it?  There is a small-town feel smack dab in the middle of suburbia.  The whole downtown is focusing on gingerbread this season.

This is the third year we’ve been involved in this community outreach. The first year we were overwhelmed and unready by the crowds.  It felt like there were 300 people milling about.  So, the second year, we opened up both rooms and had over 300 (but the weather was warm and wonderful).  The numbers were similar this year, despite the cold we had 290 people in two rooms.

Gingerbread Storytime 

Let’s Build a Gingerbread Boy: this is based on the Build-a-Pig flannel I’ve presented.  It’s such a fun concept and helps kids use words.

Is it a bow tie or a bow for your hair?

Three Little Cookies.  In October I put a post of the Flannel Friday Facebook page looking for Gingerbread ideas.  Anna came up with this.  Take the Three Little Pigs and turn it to Three Little Cookies.  And we did.

This is a synopsis of the story…

Three gingerbread cookies left the bakery on their own. The first one made his house marshmallows.  A big bad chef came along smelled some delicious and knocked on the Marshmallow house:

Little Cookie, Little Cookie let me in!
Not by the frosting on my chinny-chin-chin!
Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down. And then I’ll eat you up.

And he did.  But the cookie got away and joined his brother in this house of holiday cards.

 

House of Holiday Cards

and that big bad chef  smelled something delicious to eat the said

Little Cookie, Little Cookie let me in!
Not by the frosting on my chinny-chin-chin!
Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down. And then I’ll eat you up.

And the house of cards was gone with the wind and so were the two gingerbread cookies who fled to their brothers house:

Mmmm, fruitcake

 

And that big, bad chef knocked on the third gingerbread cookies house:

Little Cookie, Little Cookie let me in!
Not by the frosting on my chinny-chin-chin!
Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down. And then I’ll eat you up.

And he huffed.  and he puffed. And he huffed and puffed.  Nothing happened…because fruitcake lasts forever.

Isn’t it fun?  (The house of marshmallows turned out to be really heavy and didn’t last past weekend.)

Time for a fingerplay: Roll Roll Ginger cookies, Roll Roll Ginger Cookies.  Cut (like you’re cutting out cookies), sprinkle, munch munch much.

Must Be Santa. For more information on this, check out this previous Flannel Friday post.

 The Mitten:  the classic winter tale with puppets

Reader’s Theater with stick puppets: Duck Gets a CookieYou know the book.  We changed it.  It’s a gingerbread cookie with a gumdrop. So successful!

Sing-along: He’ll be Coming Christmas Eve. Several years ago, I was inspired by She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain by Jonathan Emmett.  I wrote a song about it.  Here’s the first verse:

 He’ll be coming Christmas Eve when he comes (ho ho)
He’ll be coming Christmas Eve when he comes (ho ho)
With a twinkle in his eye, he speed across the sky,
Yes, He’ll be coming Christmas Eve when he comes! (ho, ho)

There are eight verses and I invited dads to come to the front and help out.  It was a great ending to a fun storytime… and the start of a great holiday weekend.

Here are pictures from both storytimes and other fun stuff that happened last weekend. Thanks Flannel Friday friends for your brainstorming help.  It’s good to have outside ideas.  We’re sure to be involved with this again and having fresh, yet familiar stories make it fun for staff as well.

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3 Replies to “Gingerbread Story Time Extravaganza”

  1. Lissa: secretly I thought it would one day be my first published picture book. It’s good to have a dream, but perhaps not realistic… so, thanks for asking and getting my head back on earth. I will write a different post next week some time with all eight verses. I have more chances of it getting heard on my blog through Flannel Friday than my unrealistic dreams of being published. {smile} ~~Sharon

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