Today was our annual Picnic at the Gardens. It was a beautiful day to be out meeting friends and enjoying many activities that were spread throughout the gardens.
One activity was a StoryWalk with the book The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood.
I set it up all around the outside of the garden so they could see what is in every
part of the garden.
Colleen, another facilitator, suggested we add props to this walk.
I made scratch and sniff strawberries to add to the page that read,
“The big hungry bear can smell a red, ripe strawberry a mile away.”
Tin cans and sticks were placed with the page that read,
“BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! The bear will tromp through the forest on big, hungry feet.”
Colleen brought locks and keys to be with the page that read, “or who is guarding it.”
A basket of silly glasses were put with the page that read, “or how it is disguised.”
Beside the page that reads, “share half with me.” I placed strawberry cards that
I had cut in half and they had to match.
And finally they looked for the Big Hungry Bear at the end of the story.
Adding props to the story brought it further to life and the children more involved.
I’ll do more like this next school year.