The Carrot Seed Puppet Show

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My daughter likes to read at bedtime, but any other time of the day she doesn't choose to read with me.  Since I would like for her to be interested in books throughout the day, I have decided to make reading more exciting for her.  When I saw Kim's instructional video on making books meaningful through engaging storytelling, I knew this way of reading could captivate Miss E.

Since we read The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss for Toddler Approved's Virtual Book Club for Kids, I created a puppet show for storytelling to make the story meaningful to my daughter.

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One way I made the story meaningful was to change the characters.  I used our own family members, including the cat, as the characters in the story.  Stories have a much greater chance for appeal with my daughter if there is a cat or dog.  Imagining herself in the main character role makes it more relatable.

I made the family puppets by printing pictures from our computer .  I glued the pictures onto cardboard, and each picture was hot glued onto a stick.  I made a carrot out of construction paper glued onto cardboard, and hot glued that to a stick. I used brown felt for dirt and a watering can for the show props.  I lined up stools covered in a sheet for the puppet show stage.

First, I performed The Carrot Seed puppet show for Miss E, and she was enthralled.  A big score for keeping Miss E's attention during storytelling.

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She couldn't wait for her turn, and she performed The Carrot Seed puppet show which received rave reviews from Mama and Papa.

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the carrot seed puppet show

And finally....


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We definitely will be performing puppet shows again for storytelling.  Miss E was fully immersed as both the audience member and the storyteller.  We played with this puppet show for close to an hour which is a sure sign of a successful activity for a preschooler.  Puppet shows allow children to build literacy skills through an appreciation of the art of storytelling.  It allows children to develop characters, retell story lines, and sequence events.  Children use higher order thinking skills when they change the plot to create a new story line.  

Please click the links below to discover more fun activities to go along with the book, The Carrot Seed.

26 comments:

Kristina said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a great idea! Such a fabulous way to make the story more meaningful! I will need to remember this and try it with another book! Thanks for joining book club this month!

Kelly at Little Wonders' Days said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Such a cute idea! I bet it was a fun way for her to retell the story.

Mama Pea Pod said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is adorable, Rebekah! What a great way to engage your daughter and help her to connect to the story! Love it!

Danielle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love the puppets you made using family pictures! Such a great idea! Thank you for participating in the Virtual Book Club this month!

Jenni Fischer said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

How cool!!

Soshanna said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is very good ! Involving a lot of areas ! And creative as well, making the story personal with your daughter's picture. Now, she is the main character! :) Love it so much !

Gina said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a great idea - printing out pics of your family for the puppet show! That's a story that she will remember for a long time! :)

Andrea @ No Doubt Learning said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Super cute! I love the props and the puppets are adorable! :)
~Andrea

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Jackie H. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a great idea to use puppets of family members. I love seeing the cat tell her that the seed won't grow. ha.

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Kristina Let me know how your kids enjoy it when you make puppets of them for storytelling.

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Kelly at Little Wonders' Days Thank you! It was tons of fun!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Danielle Thank you for hosting! I love the Virtual Book Club. It's challenging me to get more creative with reading.

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Mama Pea Pod Thank you!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Jenni Fischer Thank you for reading!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Soshanna Thanks for your wonderful comment!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Gina Yes, I have noticed her playing out the story in other play scenes too. Definitely memorable!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Andrea @ No Doubt Learning Thank you!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@K Magill It's funny we both did crafts with our kids' pictures this week! =) These are some of my favorite blog pictures. LOVE them. Thank you!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Jackie H. Yes, the cat adds an element of humor. =) Thanks!

Deborah@Teach Preschool said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Applauding you Mom! What a fun way to extend the story, promote the art of story-telling and enhance those vocabulary skills. You Rock!

Jacquie F. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Who would have thought there were that many carrot-themed blog posts! What a great idea - and I so love this book. I'm coming from 'we teach' (I'm new there also). Great post and activity to compliment the book Rebekah!

Growing a Jeweled Rose said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love this! I especially love that you made puppets out of family photos. What a great way to bring the story to life for your daughter!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Deborah@Teach Preschool You're making me blush, Deborah. Thank you!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Jacquie F. There are so many awesome carrot activities in the link up! Thanks for visiting, Jacquie.

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Growing a Jeweled Rose She loved the family puppets a ton!

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