We practiced retelling at home, so that when Daddy came home, my girl could tell him the story about what she learned. Yall, she could remember the climax, but anything leading to that point, she left out. She did this with the Lion and the Mouse story, and the Bundle of Sticks story, and still struggled retelling the Ant and Grasshopper on our 3rd day.
-food coloring or liquid watercolors
-large dish pan or container to set up sensory bin
-plastic ants (we used some from last month’s box)
-plastic grasshopper (we had from some bugs I bought at the dollar store a while ago)
-buttons or anything to represent food
-blocks for ant hill and grasshopper
A good shaking gets the green water color to spread out.
Now you have “grass”! Lay it out flat to dry and place in the sun for a few minutes. It was completely dry by the time I finished gathering all the rest of my supplies.
We combined efforts and retold the story in the video below.
However this box could easily be adapted to be any Aesop fable or book!
Add a mirror, a toy dog, and paper bone and retell the story of the Greedy Dog and His Bone.
Add a toy lion, a toy mouse, and some cloth to be a net and retell the Lion and the Mouse.
Add some frogs, blue rice, and few small pebbles, and retell the story of the Boys and the Frogs.
Add a rabbit and a turtle toy, and maybe some popsicle sticks to create a path to retell the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.
The possibilities are endless.
We will definitely change our bin throughout the month as we retell the stories we learn.
Happy learning friends!