Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Beginning Story Box: Little Rabbit's Bedtime

Photo of picture book with sponge and rubber duck as part of story box
Storyboxes are a collection of real objects that correspond to the illustrations or events in a story.  I like to begin with very simple stories that describe events from the child’s own experience, such as bedtime, bath or mealtime. Little Rabbit’s Bedtime, by Alan Baker is a great example of this.
 
 
 

 

Materials: 

Cover of Little Rabbit's Bedtime
 
 
  • story book
  • objects to illustrate or support the story, such as a sponge, rubber duck, towel, washcloth, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • box in which to store all of the objects and the book
  • braille labels for each page
 
 
 

Procedure: 

Photo of pages of book with toothbrush and toothpaste
 
 
  • Gather the objects mentioned in the story, such as a sponge, a rubber ducky, a fluffy towel, and a toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Put braille text on each page of the book, using adhesive pages or labels.
  • Use the objects as illustrations to help to tell the story.
 
 
 

 

Variations: 

  • The story box can be sent home for a week at a time, to allow children to share with their families
  • There are endless numbers of stories that can be made into story boxes!

little rabbit collage


 

Comments

childcare assistant educator

Posted by Eileen Bourgeault

Posted on October 25, 2012
Updated on: February 7, 2018

Previous comments for Beginning Story Box: Little Rabbit's Bedtime

Eileen Bourgeault commented on November 9, 2012

Thank you! I have been looking for ideas to include a sight-impaired student so she can work with children in a pre-school. This is an excellent strategy for all of my students!