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Take me back Tuesday! Gingerbread Man Play and Ornaments!

I'm linking up with my sweet friend, Hope King for Take Me Back Tuesday.
Here's a post I did a few years ago about our Gingerbread Man play and Christmas Ornaments.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

My class performed, The Gingerbread Man which is an awesome play written by Heidi Butkus.  It is the perfect play for young kids.  The songs are easy to learn and the play is so stinking cute! I LOVE it!
Heidi also has other plays that are awesome.  She has The Mitten and The Wide Mouthed Bullfrog.  
We are going to perform The Wide Mouthed Bullfrog in the spring.  I have never been able to find plays that are more appropriate for young kids.  I can't say enough about them!
I can't show pictures of my little sweeties but I thought I'd share pictures of our props and costumes.

This is the stage.  Our props include an oven, a bridge for the Gingerbread Man to stand on and a Gingerbread House.  On each side of the Gingerbread House you can see the Christmas Tree costumes.  These costumes have to be put on once everyone is on stage and in place because they are too cumbersome to walk in.

This is our oven.  I love the "Dr. Seussical" Look

This is what it looks like when you open the oven doors.  The inside is painted black and the back of the oven is a black curtain.  The inside is large enough for our gingerbread girl to hide inside.
The little boy and girl put this "cookie" inside the oven and close the doors.  Once the doors close the Gingerbread girl who is hiding behind the oven lifts up the curtain, removes the cookie and sneaks inside.  Imagine the audiences surprise when the little boy and little girl open the oven and the Gingerbread Girl jumps out!

This is the costume that the Gingerbread Girl wears.

                                                                This is the fox costume.
This is the costume for the little pigs.  (we added this character to the play)

This is the costume for the bears.

This is the costume for the little girl.

This is the costume for the Christmas Tree.

The characters also include a little boy, old woman, old man and farmers. 
I didn't take pictures of their costumes for some reason.  :(

                                          Our lolipop and peppermint Christmas tree for the stage.

A close up of one of the lollipops.  The kids made these by painting chinette plates and adding glitter.
We then added a paint stick, cellophane and ribbon.

A close up of the letters.  These were made using styrofoam board, paint and glitter.

Holiday Ornaments!

We made all of these ornaments in small group rotations.

                                                 Santa ornaments made with our handprints.

Reindeer ornaments using our thumbprints.

Monogrammed ornaments.  The kids painted polka dots using a paint pen and then I added a sticker for their name.

Snowman ornaments.  We added little styrofoam balls to the inside of the balls and then the kids used a paint pen to add the snowman face.  They chose the color for their earmuffs and then we hot glued them on.  These turned out so cute!

These balls turn out beautiful.  The picture does not to do them justice.  To make these balls you need several different colors of glitter, tacky glue (that isn't water proof), a medicine cup and a microwave.
Add some glue to the medicine cup and heat it for 7 seconds.  Add a little bit of water to thin the glue and pour it into the glass ornaments (this should be enough for two ornaments).  Have the kids swirl the glue around to coat the inside of the ornament.  Then, have them choose 2 or 3 colors of glitter.  Add the glitter and then have them swirl it around until the entire inside of the ornament is covered.  Add the top and voila!


  1. Thank you so much, Deanna! I had forgotten all about your wonderful post on The Gingerbread Man play! Your costumes and sets are the cutest!!!!!
    Thanks again,

  2. Love the Gingerbread Man play. Who made your costumes? Did you have parents help you? They are so stinkin cute!!

  3. This is such an awesome post! I absolutely love the Gingerbread Man Play!

    Tales from a Naturalista Teacha

  4. We are attempting the Gingerbread play this year. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see you at the NC kindergarten conference on Monday. I signed up for all 4 of your classes!



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