The Story Table is a vital part of my classroom. It is a miniature world of nature complete with animals.
STEP ONE: The Base – I like to use a strong base so children can push on it and it will not collapse. This is a shelf laid flat.
STEP TWO: Cover the shelf or table with cloth. I placed an brown “earth” color cloth on the bottom. Underneath the cloth I have placed a few wooden pieces to add height. Next I add a piece of blue fabric for the river. At this time, I created a late summer – so there is a deep green cloth. We added acorns, leaves, twigs and other found nature items.
STEP THREE: I found branches to put up as trees and log blocks for children to use to invent their own details and scenes.
I added green roving in the trees.
STEP FOUR: Add the creatures!
Pine cones make great trees as well.
I tell the children that the Story Table is a quiet place and the animals may not fight.
It is a peaceable kingdom.
The children race to be at the table. Stories unfold. . .
Sometimes a child will sneak over to the story table. . . . it a place of comfort.