For the last few weeks in nursery we have been thinking all about story telling. First we used small world characters to tell stories with puppets, fairytale characters and some characters from our favourite movies. We added story stones to help us think of ideas for our story and extra props like magic wands and beanstalks.
Story Stones and Small World
Story Telling in the Role-Play Area
Story Telling in the Sand Tray
Story Telling in our new Lego Area
Small World Story Telling
Story Telling Tyres Outside
Using the Story Mats
Story Telling in Maths
Then we decided to be the characters in our story. We dressed up as the different characters we wanted to be and acted out stories. Then we used the Ipad ‘Storytime’ App.
We took photos and created a book.
What a lot of story telling!
Over the past few weeks we have noticed the children’s story telling improving a lot. The children tell more stories when they are dressed up. Even the quietest children have started to give the small world characters voices and began to tell simple stories with them. When reading books the children have been looking at pictures and beginning to make up their own stories. Some children have even being trying to draw and write their own stories in the mark making area!
How can you continue this learning at home?
There are lots of opportunities for story telling at home:
When children are playing with their toys (dolls, cars, superheroes), this is a great chance to encourage children to tell you about what is happening to the characters. Encourage children to tell you what might happen next, after that and how the story might end.
Dressing up is a great way to tell stories and learn about different characters. In nursery we like to use colourful pieces of fabric for dressing up, the children love being able to turn them into any character they want (although we often have a lot of Elsas!)
When you are sharing stories talk to children about what they can see happening in the pictures. Encourage children to use them to tell their own story.