Sunday, August 28, 2011

Not All Gingerbread Men Are Brown!

My son started kindergarten last week.  He came home after the first day of school and proudly opened his folder to show me what he had worked on that day.......a beautiful, multi-colored gingerbread man.  Now I know what you're's August, why are they coloring gingerbread men? 

In the classic story of The Gingerbread Man, we find our main character on the run trying to elude all who crave him.  "Run!  Run!  As fast as you can!  You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man!"  The kindergarten teacher uses this story on the first day of school.  The students participate by baking a gingerbread man, then realize he's disappeared.  The teacher leaves clues in key locations around the school building (office, nurse, gym, library, etc.) and leads the children on a hunt for the gingerbread man.  It's a fun way to familiarize the kindergarten students with their new surroundings.

Back to the multi-colored gingerbread man......
After showing me his piece of art, my son told me one of his classmates told him it wasn't very good because it wasn't brown.  Apparently she believes all gingerbread men should be brown like their cookie counterparts.  At this point the artist in me stepped in and explained to him that, in fact, not all gingerbread men have to be brown and that his was a very creative, unique, and artistic gingerbread man.....definitely one of a kind.

So let this be a lesson to us all.  After all, not all grass is green nor is the sky always blue.  Not only is this an important lesson to learn in art, but life in general.

Gingerbread Man by Conner 5 yrs. old


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