Once Upon a Craft is a wonderful series of kits that combine reading and creativity!
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The Once Upon A Craft series is made by Educational Insights, and strives to combine story reading, story telling, and creativity. There are loads of kits to choose from, including:
- The Twelve Dancing Princesses
- The Elves and the Shoemaker
- The Frog Prince
- The Gingerbread Man
- The Ugly Duckling
- Jack and the Beanstalk
- The Princess and the Pea
The kits are all slightly different, with some making photo frames or mobiles. But I love the idea of reading the story then making a craft to go with it. I met with some of the Educational Insights team recently and was very impressed with this series. When they offered a set for me to try out, I opted for The Gingerbread Man – probably because of the time of year!
This particular set contains a 24 page illustrated book of The Gingerbread Man, a foam gingerbread man with three sheets of foam stickers for decorating and seven finger puppets and puppet show stage.
My son and I immediately got started with reading the story.
Next we coloured in the cute puppets and constructed the stage.
Then F told his version of the story using the stage and puppets!
Then we completed the activity by decorating the gingerbread man. All the decorations were adhesive – so no messy glue required.
And finally my son wanted to recreate the picture in the instructions booklet of the little boy showing off his gingerbread man on a baking tray.
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We really enjoyed this kit – and I know that we’ll be decorating our art wall with the gingerbread man, re-reading the book, and playing with the puppets and stage many times over!