Monday, August 8, 2011

Our Story wands

story wands close up 
I love looking through catalogs from stores, especially Lakeshore Learning.  We have purchased a few items in the past from them.  This year our budget has been tight so when I saw these wonderful story wands, I knew I could make our own.

The materials I used to make ours were:
Craft sticks 
foam sheets 
scissors
packing tape
copy paper 
the font I used to make the lettering was MTF Peach Cobbler from Miss Tina.   


story wands pic 1
The questions that are used for the story wands are:
What is the story about? 
Who was in the story?
Where is the setting?
Who is your favorite character?
What will happen in the story?
What will happen next?
What was your favorite part?
How did the story end? 

What I love about these story wands (or story sticks as the boys call them) is that
they ask questions that explore plot, character, setting and more.  I think it is a fun way to get children interested in  talking about books.   I plan to use our story wands after reading.  I will hand the boys one to two story wands so that they can answer them.  
   
story wands pic 2
When I showed our story wands to my husband he said they were just as good as the store bought variety.   I really like the way ours turned out.  Now, back to looking through catalogs for more ideas to create items for our homeschooling.     

Where do you get ideas to create projects for your homeschooling?  Please share them, I would like to hear from you.   

Sandra

5 comments:

Amy said...

I really like this idea and may be making them myself! I am now following you from dramaabounds .blogspot.com

Our Side of the Mountain said...

Cute idea! You did a great job putting them together!

SANDRA said...

Thanks, I can't wait to start using them during our first week homeschooling.

Faith said...

Thank you! i use the "expensive"catalogs for ideas and the story wands caught my eye...i tore out the page and saved it, knowing that when time allowed I could make these beautiful learning wands myself!! Thing is...the questions were not all visible. your site gave me an up close look and detail on how to create these in no time at all! When I completed the project I felt so proud of me!! The children are going to love them tomorrow! Thank you for all your ideas and the gift you have been given...to share love!

SANDRA said...

I am glad that you were able to create your own story wands from the instructions I posted.

I apologize for the picture not being clear enough to read the words on the stars (on picture #2). I do not have an expensive camera so sometimes I can't get good details.

I hope your children enjoy their story wands on Friday! Thank you for visiting us!