We got an old shoe box and I cut down two of the edges so that one side would flap open to create a stage-like scene. It can be folded back up and tucked inside the lid, ready to open out and be played with each time.
She painted the scenery first, with a green base for the forest floor and blue sky around the edges.
We discussed how we would add the trees and had a go at rolling them from brown paper. She quickly got the hang of it and did them by herself, with me just securing the tape in place for her. We cut around these with a few snips at the bases, added some glue and stuck them down to the forest floor.
She chose to add flower foam stickers to the tree trunks (“the flowers are growing all the way up here!”) and then stuck many more all over the forest.
She found green tissue paper from her making basket and stuck pieces on top of each trunk with glue. Totally her own idea and they looked very effective!
She asked me to make a house for Granny and one for Little Red Riding Hood. I cut some basic shapes for her to assemble so that I wasn’t making it for her. I gave her square, rectangles and large triangles and she stuck them together then added them to the forest where she wanted them.
With a few more details added such as cotton wool clouds and scrunched up tissue paper on the grass she was finished!
She fetched the finger puppets and then decided she needed to modify her creation by adding a “cut” to one of the trees so that the tree could be cut down by the woodcutter, then folded back up again ready for the next time the box was played with. I am in awe of her imagination here! A truly wonderful addition!
Together we told and retold the story, using the 4 principal characters. We took it in turns to be the main roles and each added in new elements whenever we told it. She needed me to model the story-book language the first couple of times, and after that she was totally confident in doing it herself. I am going to take a video of her telling the story very soon.
Little Sister watched as we told the story and was very keen to get involved (and also to try and sabotage the beautiful box itself!) After watching us she spent a long time holding the puppets and retelling the story herself, with all the words that she knows, making the puppets interact and changing the intonation in her voice as each one babbled away. Wonderful!
Here is where to get the puppets and also a lovely, modern retelling of the story.
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Once the play was finished we folded the side back up, put the puppets into the box and put the lid on. We are going to be making some more of these as soon as we can get some more shoe boxes!
- 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 3D shapes
Absolutely fantastic!!! What a great way to develop your child’s use of language and love of storytelling! AWESOME!!
Lisa Butler-Let’s Create and Make
Rachel T says
Wow that’s amazing! Am planning a Cinderella one in my head now…
The cutting part of a tree so the woodcutter can chop it down is genious! I don’t think i would have thought of that. what a creative daughter you have!
This is lovely and so special that your daughter was able to make it herself. My daughter is currently obsessed with Goldilocks and the three bears and I’ve just been thinking about how I can get her to play out the story. Thanks for the ideas.
Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum says
What an amazing idea – we’ve been doing stuff with stories Goldilocks and teh 3 bears this week as part of our bear theme with the books – not quite up at the stage of Cakie but we’ve come up with some fun things.
Heather@ Creative Family Moments says
Ultra cute! My brain is spinning with the possibilities…
Love it. Ihave some old shoe boxes waiting to turned into a story box.
As a pre school teacher, mom and teacher trainer, I have used a similar idea with favorite stories. I constructed them myself tho. The brilliant option of having the child create them is so much more appropriate to learning and growth. The best idea is always having the child lead the activity, designing ways for them to work independently according to their own developmental stage. This site is such fun. So glad to have found it.
So Sweet! It’s rad how involved your little one is in this. When we make stuff, it’s generally Dad or mum doing the making at the direction of the little ones. I can’t wait till they’re running things. 🙂
How delightful! Extremely wonderful idea.
School Sparks Renee says
Your caught is adorable and the pictures are great. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea. It allows children to learn so much! Renee
What an incredibly creative, adorable, gorgeous idea! Such a fun way to extend a story, involve children in retelling and to allow children to have meaningful experiences with literature!
Growing a Jeweled Rose says
This is fabulous!
Love and Lollipops says
Such a super idea!
Naomi @ Upcycled Creatively says
Great idea! I love it.
Love how your daughter helped create the story box! It turned out so well and such a great literacy tool. You have reminded me that I have yet to share this story with my daughter.
JDaniel4's Mom says
This is a fabulous! What a great retelling tool!
SO adorable and creative. Great job, Cakie!!
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Melissa Taylor says
wow… that’s really fantastic… such a great and interesting way in developing our child’s creative side.. thanks for sharing this.. and Good job..
The story books look cool, but seeing that your little ones was helping (or perhaps doing it herself) is much better!! well done! She greatly reminds me of my daughter when she was that little and we made a play of little red in house for a christmas presentation. great job you had here!
Jane Keel says
whoa.. good thing you also have the items for little red riding hood, too. products are engaging. i already had the peek on different site that have the products, too. but surely check on yours! cheers.
Jennifer Fischer says
This is absolutely fabulous! I love story boxes and need to make some new ones with my 3 yo. He absolutely loved our Halloween recycled story box. You are inspiring me today!