This story takes the story of the Boy Who Cried Wolf and changes it to include a girl called Princess Arabella. The princess is bored so she decides to swap places with the shepherd. But again she is bored so she starts lying to get the villagers to come up the mountain. Until a dragon comes and the villagers don’t believe her.
Once we looked at the similarities Continue reading →
This is the second in our safeguarding fairy tales. series. This story is a fantastic way of talking to children about stranger danger in a non frightening way. I always find this a hard subject to tackle because you want to make the children understand that not everyone is good but you also don’t want to frighten them or make them feel that they can’t ask for help if they need it.
The story is very funny, it is a real twist on the version we all know. Continue reading →
Whilst preparing for a Safeguarding Through Stories workshop I came across a set of books that I think are an absolutely fabulous way of introducing safeguarding and personal development topics through fairytales. Plus they are very funny entertaining stories, they certainly had me laughing out loud. They are great for early years through to Key Stage 1. I’m also using them in a literacy context to look at different versions of well known stories. We love them so much we’ve put the whole set of 12 books in our online bookshop.
I’ll be writing a post with a craft activity for each of the books over the coming weeks. Our first story is Snow White and the Very Angry Dwarf, the story looks at anger management. This is a good story for observing reactions and children may tell you about someone who is often angry, which you may wish to investigate further. It is also good for looking at strategies they can use when they are angry.
After telling the story we discussed the similarities and differences between this version and the version of the story they know. Continue reading →
Handa’s Surprise Picture book £6.99, big book £19.99
For this story we decorated a plastic by covering it with strips of paper to represent Handa’s basket. The we used sponge fruit shapes to create picture of the different fruits. We took it in turns to be Handa carrying the bowl and the rest of the group took fruit from the bowl and in the end putting the tangerines in.
Owl Babies is fast becoming a firm favourite with me. There are so many things you can discuss from the story. Such as how we try and sound brave when we are scared, feelings about being lost and about how we love our mums. I have told this story often in the run up to Mother’s Day.
For this story we created finger puppets.
Here is a template for the puppets.
We then decorated them with feathers and retold the story using the back of chairs for branches. It would have been fantastic to do this story outside with an old branch. Unfortunately the weather was pretty awful on the day we did this.
Get the children to go through the sequence of the story this is where story talk cards come in handy. Retelling the story really gets the children into the repeated rhythms of the book. The finger puppets help those reluctant to speak or those with EAL to join in.
This story is often one I use when teaching early years practitioners how to use Big Books and Puppets with Children with EAL.
For this story we reused our story box from Farmer Duck but this time our veg carton instead of being a bed was a bridge. I just added a piece of blue felt for the water. We made the goats using the template I used before when doing Three Billy Goats, which you can download and wrap around a cardboard tube. Continue reading →
I started the session with my reception group by telling the story. We then created our farm animals ready to retell the story using a story box.
The templates for the characters are below or alternatively you could use these great wooden characters.
I had created the box from a cardboard box I had, I cut off the flaps and one of the side panels. I then painted the remaining sides light blue and covered the base in green felt. I then cut out some hills and sun in paper and some strips of white paper for a picket fence.
We then created the farmer’s bed from a vegetable container. I snapped it at two corners and raised the side to make a headboard. We then covered it in pieces of felt.
The children then had a great time retelling the story using the box.