“Run, run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man.”
The Gingerbread Man is one of the classic stories for children which was first read in the May 1875 issue of St. Nicholas Magazine. It tells about a boy-patterned bread which surprisingly gains life and tries to escape from the hot oven. He is chased after by a couple and several animals who want to eat him. He is eventually deceived and swallowed by a cunning fox.
Nowadays, children who haven’t heard the story yet recognize the main character as Gingy, one of Shrek’s friends. In the movie, he has traits similar to the classic story as well. He is small and a fast runner too. He’s scared of Santa because he ate his girlfriend.
This run-away food plot has plenty of versions. In most storybooks and videos, those who are chasing after him are animals. But in the version of Paul Galdone, farm workers track him too. Most resources also end up in the river, where the Gingerbread Man is tossed and gobbled by the fox while swimming to the other side. However, the video of Speekaboos.com below has a different twist.
Children under six may not quite understand the moral lesson but they love the way the gingerbread man is being chased ran after by the animals. After the storytelling, you can do arts and crafts such as those suggested by these sites:
- Gingerbread Man Activities by DLTK
- Gingerbread Man Theme Unit by Kidzone
- Gingerbread Man Coloring Book by BBC
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