The story of the sleepwalking snake who learned how to tie knots!

corn-snake-545726_640An improvised snake-based knot -tying story! (and song!)P1110498 Such fun today! a very long elasticated orange ‘rope’ and some hugely creative and animated children attempting to tie knots and play with it in every way imaginable! Their knot tying efforts galvanised me into finally experimenting with creating a story to help children learn the basic  principle  of kP1110593not tying… and away we went…
Once upon a time there was a very very long and spotty orange snake who had a problem. ( quick desperate thinking to think why a snake might want to tie a knot in herself…. how does the brain work, i wonder?). The problem was that she was a sleepwalker and every night, when she was meant to be safely tucked into bed, she would slither out and find herself, eyes closed, slithering down to the park, or the playground or the river.. and in the morning, she would wake up and have to find her way home, which was hard. So she needed to find a solution. I asked the children for their ideas for a solution. She made strong gates and locked them? ( great idea, I agree, and draw them on the board of our story, BUT she found that she could find the key even when she was asleep!) Or, maybe she could tie a note around her neck, saying ‘If you find me slithering asleep please take me home to this address’. And that was a good idea but she wanted to stay in her own bed, in her own house… so she came up with an idea. (more…)