In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
While the group works on an arts and crafts project, such as Alternate Activity 3,
Making Story Theaters
to Take Home, invite children, two at a time, to use the story theater to reenact the story.
Invite each child to manipulate one of the clay figures as they become one of the two characters. Guide, but leave the children to retell the story in their own words, cementing the sequence of events and making a deeper personal connection to the story. In this relaxed form of retelling, children are likely to improvise, further exploring the story and the feelings and choices involved. Although you may hear children make significant changes to the story as they re-enact it, by doing this activity they will retain more of the story and its messages.
Some children may require modifications to allow them to manipulate the materials in the story theater.
Make sure the large group activity will engage most of the children for enough time so that every individual can have a turn at using the story theater with a partner.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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