Oh my word! I was so excited to discover a lost thumb drive with photos from my classroom in 2007-2008. I thought I had lost all of my photos when my first laptop crashed. My daughter found a random thumb drive and . . . well . . . a treasure trove of photos!
One of the folders had photos of Three Billy Goats Gruff “puppet” play in blocks. I had made two simple Waldorf style troll “marionettes” out of fabric and provided a variety of toy goats. I read the story every day for a week before putting these props in blocks. I also retold the story using these props to model how to tell a story.
The addition of story props from a fairy tale spurred a whole new level of building. Bridges abounded – small bridges, huge bridges, long bridges, short bridges – all inside the telling of the very mean and naughty troll.
The story took on a whole new dimension as the children expanded the tale. It was a collaborative storytelling journey.
The most stunning thing about this was the fact that a little boy who had not entered cooperative play yet (or parallel play for that matter) – began to take up the part of a goat. It was such a moment, even the children stopped to listen to him “trip, trap.”
“Whose that trip trapping across my bridge? Who ever you are – I am going to eat you up!”