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.
“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.
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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)
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.
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.
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.
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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