She started by collecting her three cuddly pigs & allocated building materials.
|I knew she wouldn't be able to resist jumping in the straw|
Property #1 was a fine straw construction, created in the style of an igloo!
Property #2 had a little assistance with the construction (at the request of the builder) although all I really did was push the garden canes into the mud to create a basic structure. Minnie then added sticks/branches to create her wooden home.
|This accommodation came complete with leaf bed!|
Property #3 took a little longer to create. She added 'concrete' as she did before when playing with the bricks, & created a sturdy detached residence, perfect for any little pig.
Then the wolf was back & huffed & puffed once more. Minnie kicked the bottom of the sticks, creating a gap for her to collect the two pigs. These pigs were then carried to the house of bricks. Minnie was retelling the story as she played with the characters, & again using different voices for the wolf & pigs. "We're frightened, we're frightened" screeched the pigs in a very high voice.
Once all the pigs were in the house of bricks the wolf came by again, but all his huffing & puffing couldn't move that house!
Minnie's version of the story had a happy ending, with the wolf saying "I'm verwy sorwy" to the pigs & the pigs inviting him in for a cup of tea! In fact most of Minnie's stories finish like this, everyone gathered together enjoying a cuppa. How civilized! ;-)
She continued exploring the story, rebuilding the houses with the pigs, & trying the houses out for herself. She was rather stumped with the house made of bricks so decided to just kneel in front & pretend to be inside. The house of sticks was definitely her favourite pad, & i think she would happily live in it if she could!
There's something so special about stepping into a book & playing with the story & it's characters. It's also a wonderful way to observe children's understanding of narratives, emotions, scenarios, & language.
All the posts we're sharing this week are linked to favourite stories in celebration of World Book Day on March 1st.