She decided she needed LOTS of clouds to represent the castle being in the sky, and chose to use cotton wool balls independently. She asked me to cut out a castle for her, which she then painted with pink glitter paint over the top to make it look “all magical and lovely.”
She assembled some basic shapes that I cut from card and made them into Jack’s house, and again painted with the sparkly paint. Then she added plenty of sequins to make a “magical path” from the beanstalk to the castle. I love that little detail!
Once it was dry we found our gorgeous knitted finger puppet set that a lovely friend gave us. The set includes a knitted beanstalk, giant, Jack, Jack’s mother, old man and a golden goose. We have a few of these fairy tale sets and they are so adorable!
She has recently become very good at retelling stories, since we have been making and playing with these story boxes. She asked me to tell her the story with the puppets once and then she wanted to be the narrator, picking up each character in turn and giving them dialogue, narrating the storyline and making them interact.
Now we have two traditional tales ready to take off the shelf and retell with story props. She is already excited to make another one!
- literacy: retelling a story in the correct order, using story book language, taking on a role and remaining in character throughout play, remembering the key elements of a familiar story
- creativity: using and combining a range of media, creating and describing textures