Story boxes

 

All day long the sun had been like a great burning eye, but now, after painting the western sky with crimson and scarlet and gold, he had disappeared into his fleecy bed. The various creatures of the forest had sought their holes and resting-places; the last sound had rumbled its rumble, the last bee had mumbled his mumble, and the last bear had grumbled his grumble; even the grasshoppers that had been chirruping, chirruping, through all the long hours without a pause, at length had ceased their shrill music, tucked up their long legs, and given themselves to slumber.

This wonderful storytelling language from one of many stories on this page http://www.gutenberg.org/files/474/474-h/474-h.htm
It inspired me to take photos of my ‘story boxes’.
After announcing one’s intention to tell a story, it is rather magical to have such a box and to let a child choose which box today’s story might be? And of course the box can be endlessly replenished with other small objects representing a different story. OR, if you really want to tell a particular story you could have something in only one compartment and it becomes a challenge to choose the right compartment! More children get to choose too!
story telling box early childhood oral literacy
Story telling box professional development oral literacy

This small sewing box was dirt cheap in a hospice shop so I bought it with this in mind. You can probably make out which item represents which of the following stories: The Magic Porridge Pot, The Three Little Pigs, A string game story about children finding a crown of stars… (the words help tell the story while also guiding the finger actions). On the bottom is a patchwork coat to go with the story ‘The Patchwork Coat’ shared by Tanya Batt in her book ‘the Fabrics of Fairytale’ and finally a stone arrowhead with a ponga fairy ( made by Helmi Thompson on http://www.woodlandsenchanted.co.nz/product/view/19 . ) They represent the story of Rata and the Totara tree.. i don’t have a stone adze!

evelyn davis story telling early childhood

 

 

These little paper boxes, made with sturdy watercolour paper, and left over from teaching at the Waldorf school, are fairly easy to make. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3YVYLixFUA this is a great tutorial and avoids the use of scissors for one tiny stage. The only thing he fails to mention is that the two halves of the box need to be a bit bigger or smaller than each other. This woman does the scissor method and shows the two sizes but her tutorial is long and her box scruffy.!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekifcYtAQOI

oral literacy story telling story boxes


The small sewing box was dirt cheap in a hospice shop so I bought it with this use in mind. You can probably make out which item represents which of the following stories: The Magic Porridge Pot, The Three Little Pigs, A string game story about children finding a crown of stars… (the words help tell the story while also guiding the finger actions). On the bottom is a patchwork coat to go with the story ‘The Patchwork Coat’ shared by Tanya Batt in her book ‘the Fabrics of Fairytale’ and finally a stone arrowhead with a ponga fairy ( made by Helmi Thompson on http://www.woodlandsenchanted.co.nz/product/view/19 . ) They represent the story of Rata and the Totara tree.. I don’t have a toki, a stone adze!