The Guidecraft Steve Light Storyboxes (RV $50) are new for 2012, and have already been extremely popular. The kits come in 4 different classic children’s stories from all different cultures:
- Hansel & Gretel
- Little One Inch
- The Girl Who Loved Danger
Each kit is neatly packed in a wooden box. Each box contains a small blue mat, all of the hand-painted manipulative pieces to tell the story, and the story booklet. These kits are designed by award-winning children’s writer, illustrator, and teacher, Steve Light.
I received the Little One Inch storybox. This is a traditional Japanese folktale about a brave little boy who was able to overcome his size to defeat an evil monster and protect the princess. My family sat together this morning. I read the story while my children manipulated the small pieces to help tell the story. While the kit states ‘ages 4+’, younger children can help tell the story with adult assistance.
Here are several ways the storyboxes can be used with children PreK – 5th grade:
- The teacher can read the story while a small group of children manipulate the different pieces to visually represent the story. Each piece can be assigned to a different child.
- The teacher can present the story during whole group instruction and use the pieces to tell the story.
- It can be used as a small group learning center activity in a primary classroom.
- Children who struggle with listening/reading comprehension (and students with disabilities who are nonverbal) can use the pieces to answer questions about the story (e.g. Who is the main character?)
- Children can use the pieces to create their own stories and tell them to one another.
- The teacher can present each of the 4 stories and talk about folktales. Each child can write and illustrate his/her own folktale.
- Children can research the origins of and culture behind each story.
BUY IT! You can purchase any of the four different Steve Light Storyboxes for $50 each.