Monday, 2 March 2015

Old MacDonald's Farm - Story Box

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 are easy to make and don't have to be expensive! The supporting materials are there to help stimulate your little monsters language and make reading a more memorable and pleasurable experience (More great information about putting together a story sack)!
We love Donovan Bixley Old MacDonald's Farm, but you can use any Old MacDonald's Farm story book you can find!

To create your own Old MacDonald's Farm story sack, you might already have toys around the house! You can use any and all farm animals, which your little monsters can use to sing the song with and use them as small world play. You can also add a few farm animal role play outfits that your little monsters can interacted with.

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. 

Free Sheep Counting Game from The Basket
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)

Our Old MacDonald's Story Box:
 We used a box instead of sack this time around and added photos from the story around it. We then added laminated photocopies of some of the key pictures (you can add some of the words too). The results were amazing- the kids  used the box as a barn and would pick up the laminated pictures and start sing the song! It's just another great tool to get kids excited about books and reading!

We also made amigurumi farm animals and added them to our story box. I used Harugurumi's Sheep pattern, changed up the ears and added little details to each different farm animal (these do take a little time to make, but worth it)! If you don't have time to make farm animals, add your small world toys and stuffed animals that you have around the house or keep an eye out at charity shops!

Dog, Pig, Sheep, Cow and Cat
To extend your story sack you can introduce a sensory farm yard small world play area. We're loving Puzzles Family Day Care elaborate Farm Yard area, but you can easily set out a little water tray, feeding area using herbs, seeds or beans and add some dirt, twigs or hay (any out door elements you have to hand really). Sensory small world play is a great way for your little monsters to interact with the animals and the world around them.
Need 2 mins? Get your little monsters dancing yard to Old MacDonald's Farm:

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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