Earlier this week we made some play dough and added porridge oats to make a lovely, textured, sensory play experience.
And today we had fun with a little dramatic play set up, using three different sized teddy bears, three bowls, spoons and some dry porridge oats. We brought the book along with us and used it to retell and act out the story using the story props.
Cakie was remarkably good at getting all of the key elements in the right order and has a fantastic Daddy bear growly voice!
There was a chance to squeeze in some subtle maths play and problem solving, by having to match the correctly sized bowls and spoons to the right sized bears, with lots of comparative language such as biggest and smallest.
Cakie noticed we didn’t have a Goldilocks so she jumped at the chance to play her in the story (and she does fit the part in more ways than one!) Here she is testing out all of the different porridges to see which one is JUST RIGHT!
And then she went and got three chairs, all of her own accord, and tested them out for comfort! She retold this part of the story beautifully too.
And Little Pop quickly started saying “teddy bear” and “yum yum” for the first time that I’ve ever heard, so the language development was great too. So much to be said for the benefits of PLAY!
*Literacy: retelling a story in the correct order, telling stories from memory, recounting key elements and characters from a well known story, language development and consolidation
* Maths: ordering and matching by size, using comparative language of bigger/ biggest smaller/ smallest, problem solving and thinking skills
*Creativity: using props to represent other things in imaginative play, taking on a character and keeping in role
* PHSE: working together to retell a story, being confident to act and narrate in front of others, staying in role for a sustained length of time, concentration skills
I’ve got children hanging over my shoulder wanting to do this-asap I think!
AP Mommy says
Such a fun idea!
Finch Family says
That sounds really fun! It looks like they really enjoyed themselves!
Pip Squeak would LOVE to feed her bears porridge….. will play with when Red Ted is at nursery!!!
Angelique Felix says
This looks like so much fun in reading and understanding the story. I will pin it now on my abc board for little ones.
lovely greetings, angelique 🙂
This is a great idea! The pictures are so cute!
JDaniel4's Mom says
Please link this wonderful post to Read.Explore.Learn. It is awesome!
Very cute! I did something similar with my son a few months ago and he loved it too: http://100pitchersofhoney.blogspot.com/2011/08/abraham-and-three-bears.html
Didn’t think of using real porridge, though. We’ll have to try it again!
Oh I love this idea. Such a good way of bringing words and concepts to life. Am going to have to go and get out my daughters books and see what other ones it can be done with too.
This will be a great addition to my Real vs. Make-believe theme week in the spring. Goldilocks and the 3 Bears is one of our stories we focus on.
Sally Haughey says
Love, love, love this idea! Will do this next year! Thanks for sharing.