Beyond the Book Story Kits are a great way to make stories come to life. The story kits are geared towards the toddler and preschool age groups. Each story kit comes in a soft bag which is labeled with the name of the book and the specific contents. Each kit contains a book, a tip sheet and concrete objects that relate to the specific story. Each tip sheet describes implementation strategies, considerations when using the story bags, benefits of including props or concrete objects during story time and tips on how to expand the story experience beyond story time to create more opportunities for learning.
Book: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, illustrated by Pam Adams
This is a hard cover book with card stock type pages. The book is engaging with peek through pages which show bright colorful illustrations. This is a silly story about an old lady who swallows a variety of animals; it can either be sang or read to a group of children. This story captures the attention of children with its catchy repetitive phrases. The lady swallows’ animals that young children are familiar with i.e. cat, dog, cow etc. Each animal is swallowed to catch the previous animal. The props that accompany this book creates opportunities to make this story interactive. There is a stuffed old lady doll which has a hollow mouth in which children can place the animals in the mouth of the doll as they follow the story. For each animal mentioned in the book there is a finger puppet that easily fits into the dolls mouth. The animals are then collected in a fabric pouch inside the doll for easy removal.
Kai Foster, RECE, RSW, MSW