For our Love Theme this month, I created a sensory story box for the book, Mole's in Love by David Bedford. It's the story of Morris, the mole, who goes looking for love and has some trouble finding it.
Items in Sensory Box
-Characters in the story. I made the moles using thread spools, felt, paper, markers and a glue gun.
-beans for mud
-strips of felt and a container for the molehill
-play dough with toothpicks and leaves for a prickly bush
-miniature glasses for moles made out of wire
While we played together with the story sensory box, I encouraged discussion about how the animals could have been nicer to mole when he tried to show them love. We dialogued about better ways Morris, the mole, could have approached the other animals. We worked on changing the story line since Miss E doesn't like the parts in the story where mole and the other animals don't love each other. Her favorite elements in the box were the beans and Mini, the girl mole. Since she enjoys the beans a lot, I plan to fill the whole box with dried beans once I buy more.
Don't expect all the sensory items to stay in their plastic containers. By the end of her playtime, all the materials were mixed together, but they were still contained inside the large, plastic bin. She and I easily sorted the items back into their small containers when it was time to clean up.
This story sensory box encourages children to learn the elements of the story like characters, setting, problems, and solutions. It allows them to sequence events. It fosters higher order thinking skills by guiding the children to create different story lines, and to perceive how characters in the story may feel.
This post is linked up with the Weekly Kids Co-Op and Made with Love.