Planning Ideas Pack

Each of my kamishibai comes with a PIP, but what is a PIP I hear you cry?

PIP is an acronym for Planning Ideas Pack. My PIPs provide a variety of activity ideas which are designed to complement each story.  The activities are divided into the areas of learning and are compatible with the Early Years Foundation Stage which is used in England or the Curriculum of Excellence which is used in Scotland. The PIPs aim to give you ideas for activities to create at home or in the classroom. They also make planning easier for students, practitioners and teachers.

The PIPs gives you information on the history of kamishibai and how to use yours effectively. It also gives a history of the story and a book list. There are many different activities for you to try out as well as recipes and songs and rhymes.

Here are some ideas you can try at home, at nursery or in the classroom after reading The Gingerbread Man.


Investigate whole spices, can the children match whole spices to the ground version? Ginger is an obvious choice but you could also try cloves, star anise, cinnamon and pepper.

You could try growing your own spices, ginger is an easy one to try and a great link to the story.

You can use ICT to look at spice plants and where they come from using

You can, of course, make gingerbread men, there is a great recipe in our PIP. You could try other global recipes from the Usborne Children’s World Cookbook by Angela Wilkes.

Developing the story 

Do your children know the story well? Are they able to retell the story in sequence? If they are, they might enjoy retelling the story from the perspective of a character. They could choose which character and work on how they might feel at different points in the story. They could use our kamishibai to share their version of the story.

To develop the activity further, the children could make their own kamishibai with help to record their retelling of the story or with an adult to annotate for them. They could then share their own kamishibai with others.

 children's drawing of the fox snapping up the gingerbread man

This photograph was sent to us by Aiden who works in reception. He read my kamishibai of The Gingerbread Man and the class then went on to make their own kamishibai.

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