Category Archives: Storytelling

Oral Storytelling With Props

Saint Patrick's Day Story PropsOne component of a Waldorf education that I have really struggled with, is oral storytelling. I have trouble memorizing stories and Dora won’t listen to them if I just read them from a book. The reason that Waldorf educators are so adamant about engaging our children in oral storytelling is that it is believed that this is a natural step in language/literacy acquisition process.Koala Bear Puppets 2So far, I’ve not been too successful with telling my own made-up stories, mostly because Dora begged me for more so soon after I told one story, I just didn’t have enough creative juices in me to satiate her needs. Also, the sad fact is that I have lost a lot of my abilities to tell children’s stories. It is not a skill that I have used much in my adult life, so the process does not come very naturally to me. So, the best compromise that I have found is to use stories from books and just do my best to memorize the story and wing it on my own. In addition, I have found that using props to accompany my story telling, really grabs Dora’s attention. She will often play a game with the props after a story telling session, bouncing off the story. All of the photos included in this post are prop setups I used for one story or another. The Rabbit and the Carrot Story PropsI try to use a variety of props, as I don’t want to fall in to a rut. Props I have used thus far, include Ostenheimer wooden figures, Folkmanis hand puppets, shadow puppets, handmade beeswax props, and other little toys/figures that I make for Dora (needle felted figures, knitted animals, peg dolls, pompon animals, etc.).Shadow Puppets 5What about in your house? Do you have any good story telling props? Have you learned how to tell stories to your children (or did you never forget)?

Please note my left sidebar for all the awesome link-ups that I am participating in.

Maureen

Labels: Storytelling
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Fairy Tale Shadow Puppets

Shadow Puppets 6

When Dora was a a baby, I happened to see a set of shadow puppets at a small baby store, which has since gone out of business. For some strange reason, I bought them, knowing that I wouldn’t use them for years, which is very unlike me, as I am the “anti-packrat”. This week, I finally brought them out to play with. I used Dora’s little table as a “stage frame” and taped a piece of yellow kite paper to one side as the “screen”. We found battery-operated lanterns to be the best light source, as flashlights created bright, concentrated circles on the “screen”. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, Mr. Mo came home early with his mother right as we were about to begin our plays. So Mr. Mo got to tell some shadow puppet stories, as did Secunda, who also happened to be home. The bad part of the whole affair was that the excitement of getting to to put on shadow puppet plays, combined with Daddy coming home early, and Grandma visiting left Dora bouncing off the walls. Dora loved the puppets though did not always like our storylines and started telling us that she was the “boss”. The difficulty with shadow puppets, that one does not experience with hand puppets, is that if one wants to watch the show, one can’t be manipulating the puppets at the same time. Overall, however, I’d say that this made for a great rainy day activity!

Shadow Puppets 4

Please note my left sidebar for all the awesome link-ups that I am participating in.

Disclosure: Some item links in this post are affiliate links. I will make a small amount of money if you click on them and make a purchase. All opinions expressed, however, are 100% my own.

Maureen

Labels: Puppets, Storytelling
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff