Rose is at that great age where she is just beginning to tell stories. Her confidence is growing as she reads more books, telling the story with the help of pictures. The words may not match but she is so proud to be able to interact with a book in such a way.
Using the pictures as prompts encourages her to tell her the story with more detail. Using concrete things she can manipulate encourages even more interaction.
I modeled telling the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears using a Reversible Storytelling Puppet. Goldilocks is visible and then if you turn the puppets upside down you have Papa Bears on one side and Mama and baby bear on the other. It is cute and Rose is now able to tell the story herself. Having baby bear come out of his mama's apron adds to the story.
She particularly enjoyed flipping the puppet over and saying "Look, bears!" and "Look, Goldilocks!"
Reversible Storytelling puppets are also available for Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs.
I have tried photographs and flannel board as well as the interactive whiteboard but nothing beats a stuffie they can cuddle too! What do you use to bring your stories to life?