Story Box is a great idea for a setting and for families at home. It’s simple, easy, cheap and very creative. It is a miniature setting based on a story you like. You just need a shoe box and some crafts to make a background relating to a story of your choice.
They are great to support children’s exploration of stories as they can retell the story themselves or make up new stories using the characters.
This is my first story box based on a story called “Smiley Shark” by Ruth Galloway. I love this story, it is simple, funny and the smiley shark saves the day! In this story box you can actually pull the strings with characters so they can move (swim). I also added some natural objects such as shells stones and shiny paper.
I can’t wait to make more story boxes!
– shoe box is ideal, but you can use different boxes too
– cut down two of the vertical edges to create a flap on one side to open up the box
– decide on your theme
– cover the inside of the box with materials, tissue paper or felt
– collect objects or photocopy characters from the story
Involve children in making story boxes! It is so much fun doing it together!