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Storytelling with Simple Props II
Type: Reading   Skills: Language & LiteracyMath & Numbers
As you know, reading to kids helps develop their language and vocabulary skills, as well as their interest in books. But by retelling and acting out the stories they’ve heard, kids are better able to understand and interpret them. They’re also developing their language, comprehension and memory skills. In this activity, discover how simple, recyclable props can add a creative and fun dimension to acting out stories. Storytelling with Simple Props II
What We Learn
Memory skills
Rhythmic patterns
Sequences of a story
Supply List
Book: “La Viejita Que Se Tragó Una Mosca”
Empty milk gallon or bleach bottle container
Exacto knife
Wiggly eyes
Pipe cleaners
Glue or double stick tape
Paper plate
Plastic toys or stuffed animals mentioned in story (such as:
fly, spider, bird, cat, dog, goat, horse, etc.)
Simple props can help you make acting out stories a more enriching experience. Here’s how you can create your own real-life version of “La Viejita Que Se Tragó Una Mosca.”

Take an empty milk gallon or bleach bottle container. Clean and dry the plastic bottle. Turn the bottle upside down since the bottom of the bottle will actually become the top of the old woman’s head.

Use an exacto knife to cut out an opening where the mouth will be. Also cut a larger opening at the back of the head where you can easily retrieve the props that are placed in her mouth.

Next, begin decorating the plastic bottle to resemble the character in the story, “La Viejita Que Se Tragó Una Mosca.” You can glue on pieces or yarn, ribbon or felt along the rim of the bottle for her hair. You can glue on googly eyes and a rubber ball or cotton ball for a nose. You can create wire-rim glasses by bending strips of pipe cleaners. You can use markers to draw teeth and lips around the opening of the mouth. You can create the old woman’s hat by gluing a paper or plastic plate to the top of the old woman’s head. You can add more dimensions to the hat by gluing on a bowl to go face down on top of the plate.

After you have created the old woman’s head, gather props which go along with the story of what the old woman ate. You can use plastic toys or stuffed animals mentioned in the story, such as a fly, a spider, a bird, a cat, a dog, a goat, a horse, etc. You can also expand the story by including props of other animals or things not necessarily mentioned in the story.

Once you have created the old woman’s head and gathered all of your props, introduce props and story to the children.

Read the story and have the children place the props in the old lady’s mouth when you get to each part of the story. Repeat the story over and over again and allow children to tell the story on their own. Try having your kids be the storyteller with you, the adult, placing the items in the old woman’s mouth.
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