The Gingerbread Man 2011 The Musical/Silent Auction and Day 5 & 6

In addition to our GBM hunt around the globe, we have spent MONTHS (since Halloween) preparing for a musical, The Tale of the Gingerbread Man that we found from Heidi Songs.  On Thursday, December 15th, 125 of our Kindergarten kiddos performed this musical for their parents (totaling over 400 guests!!).  The children helped to create the set (painting trees, etc.) and we helped to collect and make simple costumes–most were supplied by the families.

We also had a silent auction in conjunction with this event.  The children wanted to do something to help our local Habitat for Humanity after our field trip there in early November.  We decided to created gingerbread homes to auction off to raise money!  To date, our total is around $600!  Not bad for a 20 minute silent auction! 🙂  Here are some pictures of the creation of the g-bread homes…we had LOTS of parent help and knocked these out in about 2 hours! 🙂


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During the day or two before the musical, we did lots of practicing on the risers and received some quick letters from the GBM which I forgot to take pictures of!!  We got letters from Brazil, Africa, Canada, and Russia.

When we visited Brazil, we learned about the legend of the dancing turtle and we made pattern block turtles.

In Africa,we learned about the coffee ceremony that takes place when children are adopted from Africa.  We also looked at coffee beans.

In Canada, we read The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett and learned a little bit about the climate in Canada.

In Russia, we learned about The Mitten and used the printables from Jan Brett’s website to make drama props to help us retell the story.

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on December 20, 2011, in GBM 11-12. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thank you for sharing! I love the idea of the play – I just spent 20 minutes reading over the script from the Heidi Songs website. 🙂 Her script suggests doing it with just 2 classes, but we have 6 classes in my building. I was thinking…how could we make this work? Then I re-read your post and I see that you did it with 125 kiddos! I would love a few more details about that… For example: did you add extra parts or just stick with the ones in the script? Were parents supportive/happy about the fact that most kiddos are in the chorus? The more I think about it, it’s not too much different than having your child just sing holiday songs in a big chorus, huh?


    • Kristen Poindexter

      Hi Erin,
      We only added extra parts for the bears, snowflakes, and farmers. The main characters (little boy/girl, old woman/man, gbm, and the fox) were all played by just one person. We started out trying to give as many children parts as we could, but then it got to be a logistical nightmare!! Moving all those children from place to place just wasn’t going to work! We also let many of our children narrate and broke up some of the long chunks of narrating into smaller parts (some would be saying just 1/2 of a sentence)–that helped to get many more children “parts”. All the parents were so excited and we didn’t have anyone say that they wish their child would have had a different part! 🙂


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