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Tell A Story With Toys

2013-09-16 by Allison MacDonald

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This idea for how to tell a story with toys is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald.

“Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison

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Early literacy isn’t only about reading books and learning letter sounds. Many of the foundations for good reading and writing include things you can do through play. This simple activity works on so many skills like retelling events, vocabulary development and imagination. All things that must develop to create good writers. This simple activity uses toys you already have at home like Abby & Emma Magnetic Dress-Up Set and puzzles and turn them into tools for storytelling.

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Gather your puzzle pieces and toys together and go through them with your child. Ask them what story they think they could tell with them. My daughter and I decided to tell a story about Abby ad Emma going to the zoo.

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So she set up all the animals first.


They visited each animal and read imaginary signs about each one. I was surprised at how many facts my daughter who is 3 knew about these animals. I added in the words habitat and mammal.

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After the long day at the zoo the girls even had a nap.

As you can see this isn’t a long activity but it’s a valuable one. Simple story telling can really help kids learn what stories are made of even before they can understand character, setting or plot. And they are having fun!


Allison MacDonald

Allison McDonald is founder and editor of No Time For Flash Cards. She has been teaching children in various capacities since 1993, so she has done her share of crafts, songs and circle times! Her son’s birth brought her home, and her love of teaching and helping other parents sparked the idea for No Time for Flash Cards. Early childhood education is her passion . . . her heart belongs to the little guys! Get to know Allie and see her creative kids’ crafts and educational activities on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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