Our traditional tale this week is Goldilocks and the three bears. I thought I would use puppets this week to get the children to retell the story. Puppets are my favourite way of getting children to interact with stories. It is wonderful the way a child will take on a character when they hold a puppet that they have made. And the fact that they have made it themselves makes them more attached to the character and what to be that character. Which helps their literacy as they can then see the story from their character’s perspective. It also leads them to develop their own story about the character.
We used one of our cardboard theatres, to get the idea of an upstairs and downstairs I designed two scenes. I placed the downstairs on the aperture of the theatre and then placed the upstairs on the back panel.
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The children loved retelling the story using the theatre.
To develop their story development further we then looked at ways we could change the story.
What if it wasn’t bears living in the house?
What animal could it be?
What else could they be having other than porridge?
What else could have made them go out for a walk?
What else could Goldilocks have done when she came face to face with the bears?
The children came up with some fascinating ideas. Most thought Goldilocks shouldn’t have been there in the first place and shouldn’t have run away and apologised.