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One of my assignments this term is to design and implement a story prop to support childrens language skills, literacy and creative development. With emphasis on the view that using language and litercay is a creative experience.

 

I will be working with a group of four reception children and the story is The Bad Tempered Ladybird.

 

Unfortunately my own, already weak, creative skills seem to have deserted me and the only thing I can think of using are small soft toys or puppets to represent the different characters so the children could act out the story after I read it. That just seems so uninspired that I wondered if anyone on the forum could come up with something which has a bit more zing.

 

Please inspire me!!!

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Could you create a collage with the children of two ladybirds and then when you add the spots on to their backs have some words expressing what is happening in the book. From memory, it's all about one ladybird saying do you want to fight?, and in the end coming back to the beginning and being quite calm with the original ladybird.

 

So drawing attention to the collaging aspects of Eric Carle's books, depending on how much time you have with this group, perhaps other animals from the story could also be collaged - and decorating an area of the room. Then each spot on the ladybirds has a "friendly word" or an "unfriendly word", with the children understanding the difference.

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That certainly has zing.

 

Thankyou Panders x

 

I've had a look at storysack.com too. What a great site. The Bad Tempered Ladybird bag doesn't look to inspiring but when I've got a few minutes later on I will have a look through other story sacks on there for ideas. Thank you for telling me about it.

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