Story-making with Stickman

If you’re looking for exciting winter activities for pre-schoolers, then Stickman is your friend! 

The pre-school children at Holy Apostles have been learning all about story-making, and how we use our story boxes at Holy Apostles’ Pre-school.  

We introduced our topic by reading the book, Stickman by Julia Donaldson. It is a favourite story among the children, and this makes it extra fun to create a story box! 

In this blog, we’ll share about the pre-activities and main activities the children completed as part of this fun story-making project. 

Stickman storytelling pre-activities 

Pre-Activity 1: Learning about story maps  

The first thing the children do is look at what a story map is, and how we can use it as a prompt to retell the story without a need to be able to read the book. This begins to teach them the structure of a story. 

Pre-Activity 2: Signs for re-telling the story  

The children then suggest a sign for each key character or element that they can use when re-telling the story. Here Tom and Paige are making the sign for the ‘family tree’.  

A pre-school child with a story map using signs to tell the story
A pre-school child with a story map using signs to tell the story

Each child had the opportunity to talk through the story map and show the signs that they had learnt. They were all able to make the sign for Stickman, a girl, a dog, a swan and Santa (making it one of the best winter activities for pre-schoolers)! 

A pre-school child making a Stickman out of cardboard tube and pipe cleaners
A pre-school child making a Stickman out of cardboard tube and pipe cleaners

Stickman storytelling main activities 

Activity 1: Making a Stickman! 

The first activity we planned for the children was to make their own Stickman out of a cardboard tube, pipe-cleaners, eyes and a lot of brown paint! Look at the concentration on Edie’s and Alfie’s faces.  

We continued to use the story box complete with the characters to recreate the Stickman story in the afternoon. The children really enjoyed using the signs they had learnt together with the repeated refrain in the story. Here Jude is helping Mrs Turner by holding the story map.

Jude helping Mrs Turner by holding the story map in front of the class

Activity 2: Making a story map 

During the second topic week, pre-schoolers enjoyed making a giant story map – Aleksandra is helping to create the family tree and Jasmine is painting Stickman’s lady love! We made a display for the board in the main playroom for the children to enjoy and parents and visitors to see.  

A pre-school child painting a Stickman on a paper cut-out
A pre-school child painting a Stickman on a paper cut-out
A pre-school child painting a Stickman on a paper cut-out

Gracie is putting the finishing touches to Santa’s sleigh and Russell is helping to paint Stickman for the board display. 

A child painting Santa’s sleigh

Koba’s mummy sent in a photo of the stick family he made at home. He thought that his stickman needed his stick lady love and a child! 

The stick family of three made by Koba

Story-making engages all the children and they can be seen using what they have learnt in their independent play. 

It is a great way of teaching children how stories are structured, and one of many great winter activities for pre-schoolers! Children acquire a bank of vocabulary from which they can make up their own stories or add to existing ones. 

Help your child at home by reading the story together and letting your child join in with well-known parts. You could sit opposite each other and tell the story together as story partners, taking turns to tell parts of the story. 

Most of all you can have lots of fun and nurture a love for story-making!  

Here is the children’s finished Stickman story map on the wall in pre-school. 

The children’s finished Stickman story map on the wall in pre-school.

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