7/26/12

Steve Light Storybox Guidecraft Review and Giveaway

Reading is fun. Storytelling with props is an experience that takes reading to a whole new level. When children can interact with a story, they better remember the story and can retell it more easily. Their language skills, memory skills and social skills develop in new ways as they explore storytelling through these beautifully crafted Steve Light Storyboxes from Guidecraft. 
There are four delightful fairy tales and folktales from around the world, that provide children opportunities to play with the hand-painted resin characters and props of the stories of Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, The Girl Who Loved Danger, and Little One Inch. My classroom received The Girl Who Loved Danger storybox and the children all clamored around me to open the beautiful wooden box.
The lid slides open to reveal a storycard, a beautifully designed monster puppet and figures of the many characters in this African folktale. The story tells of a little girl who doesn't listen to her parents very well and gets into trouble because of it. That sounds like something children can easily understand, doesn't it?
As I read the story aloud, my oldest (who is four) helped me tell the story to the other children by taking out the pieces and characters as they became part of the story. The uniqueness of each prop helped to draw the children into the story more and they carefully examined every piece, noting the differences between them.
As the story progresses, the little girl finds herself and her parents inside the belly of the monster. Feeling very sad that she didn't listen to her parents, she must think of a way out. At this point I stopped reading and asked the children how they would solve the problem. They had some very interesting suggestions, including the solution that the little girl had!
The children had so much fun retelling the story over and over to each other. Created for ages four and up, these storyboxes are perfect for classrooms. As a teacher, I love that these storyboxes bring diversity into my class and provide the children with more ways to interact with stories that improve their decision-making and comprehension. They also make beautiful and unique gifts for children!
Purchase these and other wonderful educational toys at http://guidecraft.com and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You can read more Guidecraft Educators' reviews of the Steve Light Storyboxes and enter to win one at Pre-K Pages blog.
Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
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