Both girls decorated them and little Pop is showing signs of being VERY interested in painting!
Next I found a small cardboard box and C. painted the insides with….emulsion paint. Please don’t be horrified. It was low odour and I’ve found in the past it is great for covering cardboard with!
She painted the bottom part and adjoining flap in a darker blue, squeezed over PVA runny glue and sprinkled a whole tub of blue glitter over the top.
I found a “green picture” that she had done that I had filed away in the drawer and chopped it up to make grass and she stuck it around the back of the box.
Everything needed plenty of time to dry! The next day (or so) we stuck on some googly eyes and the ducks were ready! The box was dry and ready to become a little stage set for singing and story telling.
I bent a piece of thin cardboard to make a bridge (it stayed up by itself, not sure how!) and we have been retelling “The Billy Goats Gruff” using that too. We have little finger puppets for some fairy tale characters but not any billy goats, so she’s happily been using the ducks and shouting at them “WHO’S THAT TRIP TRAPPING OVER MY BRIDGE?!”
And I’m just loving this photo I managed to snap of her flicking through a book about farm birds. Just before this she had lined up two of the duck models on the pictures to match them. Cute!
Lining them up and counting (a favourite, unprompted activity.)
Making them all go for a slide over the bridge as they go “over the hills and far away” in the song!
And of course baby loves them too, as always 🙂
This story box would be great for retelling all stories related to ponds/ rivers/ lakes/ streams. The Frog Prince, Duck in the Truck, The Gingerbread Man, The Wide Mouthed Frog, The Selfish Crocodile and MANY more. And of course it is great for singing 5 Little Speckled Frogs, 5 Little Ducks Went Swimming One Day, 12345 Once I Caught A Fish Alive and so many more. Add little toy animals, people, finger puppets and boats to make the story/ song scene come alive!
We are already working on box number 2 and I can’t wait to get it finished!
This activity is good for:
* oral storytelling
* sequencing the main elements of a story
* singing and learning songs by memory
* imaginative and creative development
* independent learning
ಪುಟ್ಟಿಯ ಅಮ್ಮ/Putti Amma says
Those ducks are adorable!! such a great idea..
Alessandra @ Tribal Times says
Fantastic idea! I bet the kiddos loved it!
Another fantastic idea that I’ll have to try, thanks!
Those ducks are adorable.
Raising a Happy Child says
Love your pretend play setup and all the creativity in play!
What a fabulous activity, thank you 🙂
Mama Pea Pod says
Oooh, I love this! We just got a box in the post and I saved it thinking it would be perfect for….what?? Now I know exactly what to do with it, thanks! (Now to get the girls to choose one favourite story….that could be the hardest part!)
Helen Miller says
Anna I love this. It has prompted me to do some salt dough duck with my daughter. She’s been looking at 5 little ducks at nursery but we don’t have enough toy ducks at home! Thanks!
Elle Belles Bows says
Absolutely adore this idea! Love that you can incorporate storytelling into it too!
Thanks for sharing!
JDaniel4's Mom says
What a great retelling activity! I would love for you to link it to Read.Explore.Learn on Friday!
Cathy James says
It’s always lovely to see your ideas at the Play Academy – love the sparkly ducks!
Anna @ The Imagination Tree says
JD4’s Mom yes that’s a great idea! I haven’t linked up before. I will be there 🙂
Aaah I love it so much when my children play with our crafty stuff. So lovely to see and your photos show just that! Your ducks a FAB!! I love the googly eyes and the fab colours you used. All round a brilliant project! 🙂 And isn’t little Pop just too cute!
Thanks as always for linking up!
I just love these activities that are linked to story reading & telling. Another great idea for teachers! Many thanks for linking to the RC!