Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Moral Tales: A Program on Making Choices for Grades 2-3

Leader Resource 1: Story Theater

Part of Moral Tales

Before you make your story theater, read the story, "Mussa and Nagib," to get
a sense of the action in the story, and to figure out how big a story theater you
need. Remember, you will need enough room to write certain words in sand
and in clay.

  • A large shoe box with the top and one long side removed, or a piece of flat
    cardboard (approximately 12" by 18").
  • Approximately 1/2 cup of play sand or regular sand if not available.
  • A lump of firm clay (approximately the size of an orange) shaped to look like a
    boulder. Hardening or non-hardening clay both work but you don't want it to harden too fast.
  • A piece of blue paper or cloth cut to look like a river running across the width of the theater (box or cardboard). Approximately three or four inches thick.
  • A few toothpicks (to be the sticks in the story).
  • Two other small lumps of clay to be fashioned into the rough shapes of two men. To add to the scenery you can stick small bits of greenery into a bit of clay and stick them near the river on the opposite side from the rock to look like trees.
  • Optional: Plastic camels, or camels you can fashion out of clay