[ *I should note that this post is unusual in that it presents "my work" that I created to add to the children's hands-on choices in the classroom. There is always - always - room to adjust the example for children to be the inventors of these characters or others, in felt or paper, as puppets, on sticks, whatever works for your child or children :) ]
|You can write the story on a long cardstock or use index cards...or memorize it :)|
I decided one day to make a FELT STORY of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I fondly remember spending a few nights with Colored Felt, Scissors, Hole Punch, TVHC Book, and Glue. The result was quite impressive, colorful and ready to be used by young hands!
Tip: If you have never made a felt story before, they are fun and easy! You can literally make the key characters and objects from a story using all felt OR you can use colored paper or the computer to then attach a bit of felt or velcro on the back and that should work just fine on a flannel board. Or, attach a bit of magnet to use on a magnet board! (and, the floor works just fine with less than four children!)
|"by the light of the moon, a little egg lay on a leaf..."|
|"...the sun...and out popped the little caterpillar..."|
|"Monday...the very hungry caterpillar at through one apple...still hungry"|
|"Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday...2,3,4,5...still hungry"|
|"Sunday one leaf...then so big...then cocoon...then WAIT...then Voila! A Beautiful Butterfly!"|
Obviously, I didn't write the full story in the photo boxes, yet - of course - you should uplift the integrity of the story by doing so when you share with children!
I have found that children take wonderful care of felt pieces and stories when you organize them in a way that sends that message = perhaps a basket, a shoebox or even a zip-bag with a label. Certainly things happen over time - like our dear butterfly has had her antennae snipped a bit - but overall children want to care for and re-create the story! They especially love the "junk food", the strawberries, the very full caterpillar...and The Butterfly!
Cheers to Eric Carle and all his dearly loved books!