Using things you have around the house as props can help children internalize and understand what is happening in the story. This will help them be able to remember the events and to retell it, which builds narrative skills. In the book A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke, Minerva Louise finds objects around the farm that she tries to use as winter clothing. After reading the book, try retelling the story with props you find around the house. There are many simple children’s books and rhymes that can be told with props and puppets—see if you can find another one!
–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator