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Storybox: Adaptation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Young boy explores a storyboxI adapted Goldilocks and the Three Bears for my 4-year-old son who is deaf-blind.
2 Bears:
I wanted to create a story box for my son that was based off of a classic children's story.  My son is beginning to learn ASL.  I chose the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and I simplified it so that I could tell the story in a way my son Liam could understand and then also eventually retell and read on his own.  I created a book called The Two Bears.  Two seemed like a good place to begin, so that he could compare "big" and "little" more easily.
Target ASL vocabulary words:
bear, little, big, chair, sit, happy
Story box contents:

  • Story with tactile illustrations and braille
  • Little bear, big bear (from Hobby Lobby)
  • Little chair, big chair (I just glued pre cut pieces of wood together to make chairs)
  • Instruction sheet to help foster consistency when different people are reading with Liam.
  • Braille label and tactile label for the front of the box.

Ideas on how to use this story box:  (I am sure there are many ways that work well to use a story box, but this is what works best for my son and me.)

  • Day one: I allow Liam to explore the outside of the story box first and then I teach him the sign 'story box'.  I allow him to 'free play' with the items in the story box and 'read' the book on his own. I may teach him the sign of a few of the items if he seems interested.

Label storybox


Storybox with two bears












  • Day two: Again, I allow Liam to explore the outside of the box first, sign story box, and then explore the items inside.  I then teach the sign for 'more' of the items. I may then show the first page of the book and have him feel the tactile picture for bear and then feel the real bear.  I will also then have him sign bear.

(Repeat this the next few times you explore the story box.)

Little bear on little chair

Big bear on big chair
















  • When he is ready: when I feel Liam is ready, I then act out every page of the story.  I allow him to feel the first page, find the correct objects and sign/act out what is on the page.  I continue with the rest of the pages.

ASL signs for Bears on a Chair


Exploring the storybox















  • Eventually, I would like Liam to be able to retell the story or read the book on his own.  
  • I could ask Liam to find a certain object in the box and have him give it to me.


Storybox for Beginning Literacy Collage



Love it! :) I have done

Posted by jand12951


Posted by Leslie Bailiff

Congratulations to Liam's mom!

Posted by sgrubb

Very creative!

Posted by Linda Mesavage


Posted by Ashley

good job

Posted by sara umer

Posted on June 3, 2013
Updated on: February 7, 2018

Previous comments for Storybox: Adaptation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears

sara umer commented on September 24, 2013

very well done.being a mother of a 5 years old blind son I can relate to ur feelings and ur effort is superb as ur child looks happy and is enjoying his life

Ashley commented on August 18, 2013

Great Idea! I am definitely going to use and share this, thank you!

Linda Mesavage commented on June 4, 2013

I love the whole story box concept and the clear steps you gave.

sgrubb commented on June 4, 2013

What a beautiful,  happy, engaged 4 year old Liam appears to be!  I recently met a 14 year old blind deaf boy whose parents did not work with him and left his education totally to the School System.  While he is doing very well with an excellent teacher, he does not look so happy and engaged as Liam.  Congratulations to his mom!

Leslie Bailiff commented on June 3, 2013

Please consider talking with APH and getting them to sell this to all school districts. I love this idea!!! I would even love to see photo cards for teachers that are not comfortable with ASL. Also pre-made cards for non Braille readers that are inner lined.

You could even have him put the story on order as a long term goal. Thank you so much for sharing.

jand12951 commented on June 3, 2013

Love it! :) I have done something similar with a couple books with my Liam!