Nursery Rhymes and Finger Plays – Children can develop oral language and story concepts from simple rhymes. Here’s a perfect one for the sequence of getting ready for school.
THIS LITTLE GIRL
This little girl is
Ready for bed. (Hold up index finger and wiggle.)
On the pillow
She lays her head. (Open palm and lay finger down.)
Wrap the covers
Around her tight. (Wrap fist around finger.)
That’s the way
She spends the night. (Rock hand.)
She opens her eyes.
Off with a toss
The covers fly. (Open fist.)
She jumps out of bed, (Hold up finger.)
Eats her breakfast, (Pretend to feed finger some food.)
And brushes her teeth. (Pretend to brush teeth on finger.)
She gets dressed and (Pretend to dress finger.)
Brushes her hair. (Pretend to brush hair.)
Now she’s ready
And on her way, (Dance finger around.)
To work and play
At school all day.
This little boy… (Do similar motions with the
opposite index finger.)
Puppets – Puppets are a unique way to integrate art with standards. Children can make stick puppets, lunch sack puppets, paper plate puppets, envelope puppets, etc. of favorite characters from books read. Their “puppet” can then retell the story.
Flannel Board – To make a simple flannel board, staple the sides of a file folder and glue felt to the front. Make characters from felt or copy color photos from the book, cut them out, and attach a piece of Velcro to the back. Model how to retell the story and then invite the children to retell it using the felt pieces.
*Folk tales, such as “The Little Red Hen,” “The Three Bill Goats Gruff,” “Gingerbread Boy,” etc. work well as flannel board stories.
Dramatize – Invite children to be different characters in a story and role play various scenes.
Blank Books – Fold two sheets of paper in half and staple. After reading a story, have children make a book about it.
Cartoon Frames – Run off copies of cartoon frames so children can draw the sequence of events in a story. Start with two frames for the beginning and the end. Next, try three frames so they can draw the beginning, middle, and end. Finally, offer for frames for first, next, then, and last.
Story Bracelets – String color-coded beads on a pipe cleaner to help prompt children as they retell stories.
Once upon a time there were three little pigs. (3 pink beads)
The first little pig built a house of straw. (1 yellow bead)
The second little pig built a house of sticks. (1 brown bead)
The third little pig built a house of bricks. (1 red bead)
One day a big bad wolf came along. (1 black bead)
He went to the house of the first little pig and said,
“Little pig, little pig, let me come in.” (Touch yellow bead.)
The little pig said, “Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin.”
“Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in”…
The wolf climbed up on the chimney so he could get the pigs.
The pigs put a big pot of boiling water in the fireplace. (blue bead)
When the wolf hit the hot water he jumped out of the
fireplace and was never heard from again.
And that’s the story of the three little pigs!
(Twist ends of pipe cleaner to make a bracelet.)