Thursday, 29 November 2012

What the Ladybird Heard - Story Sack

Story sacks are a great way to get your little monster interacting with books on so many different leaves: role play, imagination, literacy, large and small gross motor skills. Story sacks a easy to make and don't have to be expensive! We have a story sack in the book corner which contains our little monsters favourite book (at the time) along with supporting materials, including small word toys, role play and literacy items. This month we had What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson. These supporting materials are there to help stimulate the children’s language and make reading a more memorable and pleasurable experience (More great information about putting together a story sack)!

 To create your own What the Ladybird Heard story sack, you might already have toys around the house! We used our farm animals, which the little monsters used to recreate the story out loud with and also had a few farm animal role play outfits that the kids interacted with!
You can also make amigurumi farm animals. I used Harugurumi's Sheep pattern, changed up the ears and added little details to each different farm animal.
Dog, Hog, Sheep, Cow and Cat

We added flash cards with animals from the story, which you can get for free Farm Fun Printables and Sparkle Box and a fun sheep counting game from The Basket. We also started to photocopied some of the key pictures (and added some of the words), laminated them and  added them to our Story Sacks. (Check out Shark in the Dark.) The results were amazing- the kids would pick up the laminated pictures and start reciting the exacta phrases from the book (some of the old ones, word for word)! It's just another great tool to get kids excited about books and reading!

Free Sheep Counting Game from The Basket

Keeping with a farm vibe: 1234 More Story Times used Old MacDonald printables and made up a silly song, which you can talk about placement with your little monsters (on, in, under or next to). 

Old McDonald had a Tractor E-I-E-I-O and ON that truck he had a Pig E-I-E-I-O
And ON that Pig there was a duck E-I-E-I-O and ON that duck he had a .........
(We used the printables from Sparkle Box)

All the animals on the farm seem very ordinary, with their MOOing, HISSing, BAAAing and Clucking, until one night, when Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len hatch a plot to steal the fine prize cow. It's now up to them to saves the day, led by one very quite ladybird. We love how Julia has taken ordinary farm animals and made them extraordinary, a great twist on a classic farm yard! What the Ladybird Heard is such a wonderful book for all stages of language development- from the very little monster repeating the animal sounds, to the older little monsters, who can engage with the enchanting flowing rhythmic text.

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Check out Marc’s other Story Sacks & Activities:
Need 15 minutes? We've read What the Ladybird Heard for all our little monsters around the world to follow along with:

This was too cute not to put up! Julia Donaldson and her husband, Malcolm, perform the What the Ladybird Heard Song:

Getting a laminator is a must (we think) - They're affordable and come in hand for loads of indoor and outdoor projects!

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