STAND-UP STORY CHARACTERS
- Cut out pictures of story characters from used books, magazines, old holiday cards, etc.
- Glue the pictures onto a small section of a paper towel roll.
- Children can move these characters around as they create their own stories.
- Make pop-up characters to help you tell winter stories.
- Place a sticker character on the top of a plastic straw.
- Make a small hole in the bottom of a paper cup and stick the straw down through the cup.
- Move the character up and down as you tell your story.
Variation: Make a number of these pop-up characters and give one to each child. Let them pop up the correct character as you tell a winter story.
- Place several small objects into a paper bag.
- Start telling a story, then draw out an object.
- Incoorperate the object in to your story.
- Continue your story, and continue removing objects from your bag.
Variation: Let your children take turns drawing objects from your bag.
FELT SHAPE STORIES
- Make several story shapes out of felt and place them in a bag.
- Continue the activity like the one above.
- Cut pictures of toys out of magazines or advertisements and place them in your bag.
- Continue the activity like the ones above.
Variation: Let your children draw pictures of their favorite toy to place into your bag.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT STORIES
- Read a new winter story to your children.
- Stop occasionally during the story to ask, what they think is going to happen next.
SPECIAL WORDS STORIES
- While reading a story to your children, emphasize one or two new words.
- Repeat these words through-out the day, using them in different ways.
- Encourage your children to use the new words.
ACTING OUT STORIES
- Read some familiar winter stories to your children.
- Then choose characters and have the children dramatize the story.
- With younger children it may be easier to let everyone play the part of each character.
- Let your children help you make up a song about a favorite winter story.
- Or pick a favorite winter song or rhyme and make up a story that matches the song.
PANCAKE FLIPPER STORIES
- Cut out story characters from magazines, old books, or computer printouts.
- Attach a small magnet on the back of each picture.
- Now as you tell the story, attach the characters to the back of a pancake flipper.
- You may need more than one pancake flipper if you have multiple characters.