Monday, December 1, 2014

Retelling Stories with Puppets

Young children love to use puppets and story props to retell a story.  These visual aids help increase motivation, oral language, and comprehension.  As an early childhood teacher, I use story props all the time.  And as a Nana K they are fun too!  It's always a bonus when our children can continue the play during center time.  I like to keep copies of the story pieces in my writing center along with popsicle sticks, so my children can make books and props of their own.

Over the years I've discovered if there are lots of characters in the story, then it's hard for the children to manipulate the different pieces.   So I found a solution!  Here is one way to make puppet stands for little hands.  

  • Tape or glue your story props to large popsicle sticks.  
  • Cut a small slit in the bottom of the cut.  
  • Make the slit a little shorter than the end. 
  • Put the popsicle stick in the cup.
  • Ready to play.
The children can move the cups when retelling the story in a more hands-free way.  In fact, this works perfect for individual play too.  Let your child perform and retell their favorite stories using these puppets.  


  • Encourage them to add details to their story or even retell it a different way.  
  • Add a different voice for each character.  
  • Use the puppets for sequencing the story or for telling the beginning, middle and end of the story.  
  • Ask them these questions.  
  • How could they change the ending?  
  • How could they change the setting? 
  • Would they use different characters in their story?  
When they are finished playing, take the popsicle sticks out of the cups, stack the cups, and store in a small container or tub for future play.  You can also reuse the cups with other popsicle stick props story pieces. 

If you are looking for a fun gingerbread story for emergent readers, I just made this new packet.  It has several different options for printing the book including sizes, color, and black & white options to save ink.  If you want to view it on a computer then I've added the Power Point version as a bonus.

It also includes:
  • Sight Word Matching Game
  • Sight Word Rapid Fluency Practice Sheet
  • Read/Write Around the Room Cards
  • Write Around the Room Recording Sheet
  • Rhyming Word Sort Cards
  • Flip the Rhyming Book
  • I Have Who Has Cards
  • I See Where Is Cards
  • Math Graph

Click HERE to find out more about this packet.


Need more story props?  Here is one of my favorite sites to find story props for FREE.  The story props come in color and black & white. I download them then reduce them on my printer when using for the puppet stands.  How do I do that?  When you go to print, choose the multiple pages per sheet option.  It is usually under layout or preview.  I put 4 pages per sheet on mine, and it makes them the perfect size.  I also draw a circle or oval around them which makes them easier to cut out for little hands.

This site has all of your favorite stories including Brown Bear Brown Bear, Pete the Cat, The Mitten, Polar Bear Polar Bear, Silly Sally, and many, many more.

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1 comment:

  1. Great idea, this simple puppet toy can be done at home, very suitable for playing with children