collection of age-appropriate, familiar stories
construction paper strips
box of simple costumes that fit the story being told
1. Write the names of the characters in the story you will be reading on
separate strips of paper. Put the strips in a hat.
2. Gather the children on the rug along with the hat and a box of simple
3. Present the story you will be reading to them for that day.
4. Explain that they will become part of the story by dressing up as the
5. Pass around the hat filled with the names of characters in the story.
6. Explain that each child will be able to dress up as a character in the
story, that all the children will take turns being different characters, and
that one child cannot be the same kind of character twice. For example,
one little boy cannot be a prince in every story read.
7. After the children have picked out a name, have them put on the
costumes over their clothes.
8. Read the story to the children and then have them re-enact it for