For this week’s Playful Storytelling post we are continuing the theme of traditional Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes. We had fun dressing up and using simple props to retell the story of the classic fairy tale The Three Little Pigs. We are all about simple play and using items we already have around our home. With just a few simple items, we had everything we needed to have an afternoon of fun acting out one of R’s favourite traditional tales.
Our very simple wolf costume was created using a party mask that we pulled from R’s dress up drawer. I used black paint to add features such as the nose and eyes. The ears are two triangles cut from some silver cardboard, then outlined with black pipe cleaners. The ears were attached to the mask with adhesive tape – all very quick and easy. Now, I actually think this looks more like a fox than a wolf, but R was thrilled with it and that’s all that matters, isn’t it? This is about playful story telling, not complicated crafts and details. For the finishing touch I tied one of my scarves around R’s waist and voila! A wolf’s tail!
For our straw house we used a few wicker baskets stacked together. These baskets are the kind that fit inside the Expedit shelves from IKEA. The base comes out of them so they can be packed flat and two bases leaning against each other made the perfect roof for out little house.
After building our straw house and it was time to huff, and puff and bloooooow that house down! Disclaimer: there may have been a little more than wind power used to knock down this house!
That wolf’s tail is the cutest, isn’t it? I love dress ups that turn every day clothes into something magical. For our stick house we gathered up some fallen branches and twigs from our front yard. We have an enormous gum tree that sheds tonnes of twigs every day. We basically just piled them up into a big mound and called it a house. Our own home became the third little pig’s brick house.
This took next to no time to put together and R had a brilliant time. When it comes to playful storytelling, or any imaginative play, the simpler the props the better. It leaves so much scope for children’s imaginations to run wild.
Do your children have a favourite nursery rhyme or fairy tale?
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