It is a good book on lots of levels but I particularly like it as a teaching tool because of its very simple but very effective story language. Lots of repetition which is really good for allowing non readers to 'read along' to the memorised text, really building their self esteem.
I wanted to capitalise on this element of book and the fact that it has a high engagement factor for both boys and girls.
Added to that I wanted to use it as an outdoor adult focus that could then be left in Continuous Provision.
Now then, outdoor play is supposed to offer a very different experience from indoor play. It should not just be taking your inside resources out. I know books can be effective both in and out but I wanted to embrace the concept of outdoor linking to indoor but providing something different and something that embraces the essence of outdoors – Nature!
It is at this point that the very talented Mrs B-C came to my rescue. She took time out of her workshop at the bottom of the garden where she makes 'things of great gorgeousness' (www.notonthehighstreet.com/chippernelly)
to find me these. They are 'Gruffalo Story Stones' that she had made for Alfie years ago. All 3 boys have loved playing with them but they were packed away safely somewhere that I couldn't find. (Apparantly it is the way that I look for things)!
They are simply stones that you can use to tell a story. She had painted them with acrylic paint and then varnished them. Alfie is now 11 years old so they have lasted really well! There is endless potential for stories that you could use these with (as long as you, or someone else you know can paint)!
Once you had got children into the idea of Story Stones there would be nothing to stop you from providing some adult created ones but then just lots of blank stones of different sizes with pencils, charcoal, chalk etc to let them create their own stones from familiar tales or their own original stories.
Grrrr… this week to technology. Why does it never work? Had hoped to have some static pages on the blog by now so that I could collect together all of my resources in one place but for some very technological reason (unknown to me) it hasn't happened yet. I have assurances that it will be done by Monday!
Grrrr... Great news about running some ABC Does… conferences across the country this year. I have agreed venues and am now just looking into possible dates. The first one will be in Manchester in June so watch this space for more details!