Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fairy Tales & Lego Narrations

A little background first:  My 8 year old was given some movie tickets for her birthday, so last Friday night we made it a girls night out.  The girls and I went to Michael's bought a few things we needed before the start of Advent and then headed to the movie theater.  Yes, going to Michael's with my girls is a treat ; ) Now, keep in mind the movie was an eight year old's choice; we watched Puss in Boots and had lots of buttered popcorn.

I guess the fact that this started a flurry of fairy tale narrations this week is a good thing.  I had chosen Hans Christian Anderson, Aesop and the Brothers Grimm as our fairy tale read alouds last year.  Again, I choose something for the little boys and quickly the girls want to be a part of it.  We had many favorites. 

My six year old disappeared into his room earlier this week after doing his table school work.  I figured he was just off with his legos and toys.  Well, he certainly was.  That evening he proudly displayed and retold some of his favorite tales. That's narrating...right? ; )

Jack and the Beanstalk (the little red lego in the middle is Jack)
Rapunzel (the extra layer of yellow legos coming out the window are hair)
And I am so sorry to say that Thumbelina got destroyed before I could get a picture of it. (sigh) We do have little brothers ready to pounce.  The retelling by kids is always wonderful.  My son continues to impress me with his creativity and humbles me:  by reminding me that narrations don't always have to be verbal.  His little mind spent a lot of time placing details into his Lego displays and he was more than willing to tell us about them.


...they call me mommy... said...

How neat! My kids also love LEGOS, what a fun way to "narrate"!!!

Jenny said...

Great idea! Your kids are so cute, Jenny :)

Silvia said...

Amy, before I saw your comment I thought... how neat!
Once my 7 year old girl, was jumping not too high on bed giving me a narration of that story from the Fifty Famous Stories Retold, where the spider jumps six times and gets it the seventh... Winnfried, I forgot the name of the man than seeing the spider, goes into battle until they win, after having been defeated several times.

And your book selection is wonderful, some of our most liked ones. Hurrah for you and your amazing kids!

Pam... said...

It all looks familiar. We are like minded, my friend!

Serena said...

Wonderful narrations! I love the way living stories become part of play, who we are, and who we become.

Alaina said...

So cool that he recreated the story that way!

Grace'n'Chaos said...

: D I'm glad you all enjoyed, I though it was pretty neat too.