A Story Cafe | Tiddler

Today's story was Tiddler, the story-telling fish by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Families who came along today found some fishy resources to explore when they arrived.

Because this was to be the last story cafe before the end of term, we based it around transitions to school.  Tiddler is a fish that is always late for school, and he always has a story to tell about why he was late.  This time though, he was really, really late, and the story of why he was late was really, really true.  The story is beautifully illustrated by Axel Scheffler with the usual brilliant rhyming text by Julia Donaldson of "The Gruffalo" fame.

Only one story prop this time, a lolly stick puppet of tiddler to produce when he arrives at school late.

Families made name puzzles and fishy props so they could go home and re-tell the story to the rest of the family.  Here's some of what we made.

Name puzzles made from milk bottle lids, circle stickers to write the letters of the name on, and cereal packet card to draw round the lids and write the latters of the name in order to create a puzzle template.  Then we used washed-up hummus tubs to put the milk lids in, with a label on top with the name on.  We also put out crayons, tissue paper, glue, pens, fish shaped cut-outs in rainbow colours and lots of cereal packet card and lolly sticks.

We came back together at the end after snack time and read "How do dinosaurs go to school?" by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.  

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