After the story, encourage the children to be expressive by asking key questions, for example: Who is your favourite character and why?
Can you describe what you think that person looks like?
Every child will describe a completely different person, using vivid mental images. That is the joy of this exercise – there is no right or wrong answer!
Ask the child: Can you act out your favourite part of a story, alone or with a friend? The improvisation can be as simple as making the action for a specific part of the story, such as blowing up a big bubble. For a more elaborate and creative skit, character voices, sound effects, simple props and costumes may be added. This will enhance the storytelling experience.
Provide a variety of art supplies such as crayons, coloured pencils, markers or watercolours and have the child draw a favourite character or scene from the story. Ask the child to include a description of the drawing, if possible.
Have the child draw a series of illustrations to depict the order of the story and create a picture book.
As a group project create a giant mural and have each child contribute in some way, for example: drawing the background or making cut out characters. Use materials such as wallpaper samples, fun fur, cotton balls, string and scraps of construction paper to provide texture and variety.
The possibilities are endless!