Storytelling with Loose Parts! Yes! This is really where magic happens! I’m a big believer in the power of Fairy Tales to deepen our curiosities, creativity, and love of reading.

Setting out invitations or provocations with loose parts to dive deeper into questioning the story is something very meaningful, especially in language and literacy development.

Having opened ended materials, puts an emphasis on children creating and making their own meaning and interpretation of the story and characters.

Today, I want to share a few provocations with Loose Parts for the story: Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Light Table Bridge

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  • Pencil or writing utensil
  • Tracing Paper
  • Copy of book images
  • Three Three Billy Goats Gruff Book for reference
  • Small wooden sticks
  • Small Gems
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Standard size of sticks
  • Mosaic squares
  • Small Wooden Cubes
  • Ruler for Standardized measuring tool

Possible Open Ended Questions

  • Now look at the loose parts we have to work with, white parts do you think will help you the most?
  • How do you know what size to make the bridge?
  • I wonder if this is a bridge that you could make yourself?

Bridge Constructing Challenge

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  • Different sizes of wooden sticks and/or wooden materials that would lend themselves to constructing
  • Print out of wooden created bridge to encourage an inspiration
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff Book for them to reference images
  • Sticks collected from nature
  • Recycled paper towel/tissue rolls
  • Recycled cardboard picture frame backs
  • Various types of glue, wood glue and tacky glue work great
  • Hot glue gun (with adult supervision)
  • Empty Ribbon Spools
  • Scissors
  • Image or actual model bridge to inspire ideas

Possible Open Ended Questions

  • What do you think all bridges must have?
  • What materials will you use to make this bridge?
  • How long does your bridge need to be? How do you know?
  • How will your bridge stay strong for the goats and the troll?

Mixed Media Creations

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After child has sketched their own picture of bridge this would be the next step.

  • Washable Acrylic Paint
  • Smock
  • Paint brush
  • Art tray
  • Image from child sketch for them to view
  • Beads, beads, ceramic tiles, loose parts
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff book for visual
  • Glue

Possible Open Ended Questions

  • What do you plan to add to your sketch that you made?
  • How will you decide what colors to add?
  • How does this picture make you feel?
  • I also notice you are placing things inside the lines of the drawing can you tell me more about that?
  • Does your paper feel different now that you have added materials?  If so what changed?

BONUS! Download the Bloom’s Taxonomy questions for Three Billy Goats Gruff to take your questioning deeper during authentic play experiences.

How do you use Loose Parts and Storytelling? Comment below!