Playing pretend with the stories was a great way to check to the kiddos comprehension. Our recent reading dramatization was with the adaptation of Goldilocks and the Three bears, by Steven Guarnaccia. One of the things I liked about this version is that it was gender-neutral. It discussed the bears by size, not with titles of “Papa” or “Mama”. This made the book great for my younger preschoolers who are learning to differentiate between opposites and to describe things that they interact with.
HERE ARE A FEW OF THE ACTIVITIES WE DID IN OUR PRETEND PLAY TO HELP MAKE THE FAIRY TALE COME TO LIFE:
1) Find a Big Bear, Medium Bear and a Baby-sized Bear. Thankfully, we have a Grammy who has given us a wide assortment of bears to choose from.
2) Match a bear to a kid. We have a little preschooler, a bigger preschooler and a biggest preschooler.
3) Go on a hunt for the biggest cup (for the porridge), the smallest cup, etc.
4) The book talked about how the Biggest bear’s chair was hard.Which chair in the house is the hardest? How about the softest? The messiest? The cleanest? Which chair is the worst? Which chair is your favorite? etc.
5) We then moved onto beds. My oldest preschooler had fun having her “Goldilocks” (yes, in our story she has hot pink hair) try out the different beds in the house and describe them to us.
After reading our book about bears we went through our collection of books and picked other books to read about bears. This was such a fun morning activity!