Saturday, 12 March 2011

Storytelling Bookshelf

Stories don't just come from books...if you want to encourage imaginative play
you can give them examples and tell stories to them orally.
Storytelling is a huge element of Steiner teaching.

Big Seed has a 3 tiered bookshelf in his bedroom.
We have put his favourite bedtime stories that I tell him on the top shelf.

I have put some spring themed cloth on the bottom.

This is "Little Rabbit Foo Foo" who bonks mice on the head. The Good Fairy warns that
she will turn him into an egg after she gives him 3 chances.
Rabbit is from Schleich through Amazon.
We use it in Peter Rabbit stories.

"Three Billy Goats Gruff"
The fox is for the German version where the goats want to pass on the lane to go to the forest.
The bridge and gnome is for the troll hiding under the bridge version which I grew up with, whereby the goats want to cross the river.
Gorgeous wooden goats are from here.

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears"
from here.

There is a crocheted bee on the table because other items appear on here sporadically.
Big Seed likes to add other animals/people when he retells these stories.

Big Seed doesn't easily engage in imaginative play unless it has a purpose
or he is re-enacting real life eg cooking on his toy stove, collecting rubbish, etc
He needs me to give him examples like these.

I love hearing him tell ME stories.



  1. Ahhhh! I've been wanting a goat set! I looooooove that story - it was the first I was ever able to tell to my oldest without reading it. Now if only I could afford them. And.. er.. live in the UK. Poo. :/

  2. We were using plastic 2nd hand animals at first...and they were not all goats either!


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