Many days I hear a familiar call come from our basement playroom, “Mommy! Do you want to come see my show?!” Then what usually follows is a storytelling from 7- and 5-year old voices, reenacted by My Little Ponies, Lego Mini Figures, or other favorite character toys.
Do your kids enjoy acting out stories as well? Incorporating this age-appropriate role playing into your homeschooling can be a fun way to enhance a lesson or test for comprehension. After reading a story or teaching a concept, ask your children to retell it back to you–summarizing the plot or main points.
My kids particularly enjoy retelling with visual aids, so as (American) Thanksgiving approaches, we had fun creating these simple Thanksgiving printable crafts, Pilgrim and Indian storytelling props, and then retelling the story of The First Thanksgiving.
To create this craft, you’ll need:
- Pilgrim and Indian Storytelling Printable
- (4) empty toilet paper rolls
- crayons/markers/colored pencils
- optional paint
First, color the Pilgrim and Indian Storytelling Printable.
Then cut around each character.
Someone thought the project would be much prettier if we painted the toilet paper tubes, but this step is completely optional.
Glue the strips around the toilet paper roll.
When finished, display your cute crafts as a seasonal decoration, or use as props in re-telling the story of The First Thanksgiving.
What are some fun ways you’ve incorporated storytelling into your lesson plans?