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