When it comes to choosing a snowman book for your caseload, you want a book that has great pictures, and LOTS of language concepts to target. Plus, you have a lot of students working on comprehension and oral narration, you want a snowman book that targets story elements. Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright ticks off all those boxes for me. It’s a great story that kids LOVE to hear. Today, I am going to share how you can make a Sneezy the Snowman story retell kit to make your sessions more engaging when working on speech or language goals. If you need more snowman-themed book ideas, head to this blog post! Amazon affiliate links are included in this post for your convenience, this means I get a small commission when you purchase anything from Amazon.
What is a Story Prop Kit?
Story prop kits are items related to the book that can be used to keep children engaged during the storybook experience. They can be in the form of felt character and vocabulary items for a storyboard or manipulatives related to the story.
Research has shown that when children retell the story in their own words, their comprehension improves. The two strategies that worked best were children giving a verbal recount of the story and enactment of the story given props.
By creating a story prop kit, you will be able to implement both of these strategies with Sneezy the Snowman!
Can you think of a few kids on your caseload that would love to have a story prop kit while working on narrative skills? These stories retell kits can be great for students with shortened attention spans, kids who love to touch items, and for your friends that will work when it feels more like a play activity!
Where Can I Find the Sneezy the Snowman Story Retell Props?
For your Sneezy the Snowman story retell kit, you definitely want a snowman, fire, green mug, hot tub, hot chocolate, and ice cream! Having some kid figurines could be great too.
You can always ask your family and friends on Facebook to see if they have any old toys they would want to donate to you and your caseload. Another way to acquire these toys on a budget is by asking parents on your caseload. There is always the Goodwill and garage sale hunt too! If you need some tips for planning themed therapy lessons on a budget, listen to episode 47 on the Real Talk SLP podcast for more tips. Fortunately, I had most of the items in other playsets!
For my story retell kit, I wanted a plush snowman and found it on Oriental Trading company. But, right now, it is not in stock, so you can find one on Amazon.
Use a coffee mug from your house or a cup from one of your tea sets.
Look for a metal tin can from Target, or Dollar Tree to be the hot tub.
If you own the Melissa and Doug ice cream set, just borrow the ice cream cones.
For kids, you can grab the little people sets or just borrow Lego people.
During the story, Sneezy melts and needs to be built again. You can find some felt snowmen kits like this one on Amazon (it’s really big) or you can use the build a snowman file folder printables from my snowman-themed language lesson plan guides.
Speech Therapy Ideas for How To Use The Story Prop Kit
This book is great for story elements, but there are some other great ways you can use this book!
For your students working on CORE words, you can target “like, “put,” “you,” and “more.”
There are a lot of instances to talk about shades of meaning with the words hot and cold and describing words to show when someone is really cold.
If you have students with s-blend goals, this is a great book to target consonant clusters.
Practice naming items that would go in the hot and cold category group.
Target “where” questions focusing on prepositions for the location of Sneezy throughout the book.
How Would You Use This Story Prop Kit in Speech Therapy?
Do your students love Sneezy the Snowman? What types of goals or activities would you do with this story prop kit? I would love to know your ideas! Whenever I can find new ways to use a set of materials, it always makes therapy planning easier. If you can use this one story prop kit with a bulk of your caseload, you are saving LOTS of hours of prep work.
Share in the comments your therapy ideas for using Sneezy the snowman!
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