Summertime is one of my favorite times of the year.  The fresh air, the beautiful flowers and of course all the fresh fruit and vegetables!  It’s a perfect time of year to learn about gardening and what plants need to grow. In today’s Storybook Summer we’re looking at a classic Kindergarten book and creating our own storytelling props around the story.

Create your own storytelling props for the classic Kindergarten tale of The Enormous Carrot by Vladmir Vagin and help children with reading comprehension.

The Enormous Carrot” by Vladimir Vagin is a fun book that would be a perfect addition to any gardening unit.  In the story two rabbits named Daisy and Floyd plant a carrot seed. To their amazement, an enormous carrot grows.  The rabbits ask their friends to help them pull out their carrot but this proves to be very hard and they have to ask more and more friends to help.

It is a very cute book and ideal for practicing re-telling strategies.  So after we read the story we re-create the story by using props.

One of our favourite DIY props to use are Story Stones – Check out these ideas for Story Stones inspired by books after you have done this activity using your toys.

You could make your own props or use toys or puppets that you may already have.  We did a little of both.  We made our own carrot and used little people farm animal toys.

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Materials for creating your storytelling props

3 pieces of construction paper (brown, green and orange)

tissue paper

stapler

scissors

toy farm animals

How to make your storytelling props for The Enormous Carrot

To make our carrot fold the orange paper in half and cut out a carrot shape.

Create your own storytelling props for the classic Kindergarten tale of The Enormous Carrot by Vladmir Vagin and help children with reading comprehension.

Staple the sides closed (leaving 1 side open).

Then stuff the carrot with tissue paper, and then stapled it closed.

Next, trace the children’s hands onto the green paper and cut it out.

Attach it to the carrot.  Create your own storytelling props for the classic Kindergarten tale of The Enormous Carrot by Vladmir Vagin and help children with reading comprehension.

Lastly, cut a small slit in the brown paper (big enough to fit our carrot into).

Storytelling with Props the story of The Enormous Carrot

After gathering all of our props we then take turns re-telling the Enormous Carrot story by using our props to share what happened in the story.

Create your own storytelling props for the classic Kindergarten tale of The Enormous Carrot by Vladmir Vagin and help children with reading comprehension.

Re-telling stories is a great way to ensure your kiddos have understood what has been read as well it is a great way to foster their imagination, expand their expressive language skills, and to teach them how to create visual images in their minds. All of which are important steps to becoming a successful reader and creating a love of reading.


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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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