Sunday, June 2, 2013

Storytelling with Papercutting: Apple

Last summer, we had a special Story Reading and Listening Comprehension class for the children who are going to the big school the school year after this coming one. We had fun reading a good number of stories from books like Big Al by Andrew Clements, My Cats Nick and Nora by Isabelle Harper, Tiger Trouble by Diane Goode, and many more. But I also wanted the children to enjoy a different storytelling experience so we did some stories with papercutting.

I got this idea of making an apple cutting story at How To Run A Home Daycare. I made some changes though--I drew a control of error on the red paper so the children will have an idea where to cut, I changed the story and made up a little story of my own (because we don't have autumn here in the Philippines), and added a few of my own ideas to make the story and the craft activity you'll see below.

Note: The dialogue of the story is in italics, the actions are in the brackets [  ].

Another note: You'll need the red paper and scissors you see on the picture, a green heart for the leaf, some red Japanese paper cut in 2x2 inches, and glue.

The Hungry Gnome

One day, there was a little gnome who felt very hungry. There was no more food inside his home, so he decided to go out, take a walk, and look for some food. [I pretended the scissors was the gnome and I would open and close the scissors pretending the gnome was walking].

So he walked and he walked until he saw a hill [take out the red paper and show the curve line which looks like a hill]. 

He thought he might find some food up the hill, so he decided to climb [start cutting along the black curve line, make sure you start on the side that does not have the horizontal line].

He had not reached the top of the hill yet when he saw a little pond [stop cutting for a while].

He thought some fish might be good to eat, but then he remembered he did not know how to swim. So he decided to just walk on.

So he walked and he walked until he reached the top of the hill [continue cutting until the "top of the hill"].

There he saw a field of corn [stop cutting for a while].

He thought some corn might be good to eat, but then he saw a scarecrow at the middle of the field and he thought it was a little scary indeed. So he decided to just walk on.

So he walked and he walked until he was already on the other side of the hill [continue cutting until you reach the end of the curve line, just before the horizontal line].

There he saw an orchard full of trees. He looked up and saw that up the trees were something that might be good to eat. So he climbed a tree [cut along the straight line until the end].

I wonder what could be up the trees. Up and up he went until he was able to reach out and pick a nice... red... APPLE! [go ahead and show the apple to the children--they just love this and I love the look on their faces, too]

The gnome ate the apple. And did he like the apple? He loved it! [glue the green heart paper on the stem of the apple]

In fact, he loved the apple so much that he decided to take the seeds and plant them [take a Japanese paper, crumple it so it will look like a little ball, and glue it on--continue this until the entire apple is covered with crumpled Japanese paper].

He planted and planted the seeds so that  he will have plenty more apples to eat.

I hope your children will enjoy the story and the activity as much as the children in my class did. It was particularly endearing for me to see the children retelling the entire story as they were making their own paper apples.


  1. Dear Mars, Greetings from Central Utah, USA. I love your apple story and cannot wait to share it with my class. Thanks for sharing I will return often to see what you are up to. Have a lovely day. Debi

  2. Thank you, Debi. Incidentally, I have another one--will post it soon. :) Have a lovely day as well.

  3. Will pin this one for future reference... we can't do this activity yet with Ifemi :-)

    1. Thank you for pinning! :) You're right, this is challenging for a two-year-old and Ifemi could probably do the part where he'll crumple japanese paper and stick it to the apple (even that needs much practice). I commend you for knowing exactly what your child is ready for. :)

  4. I can already picture myself and my baby doing this in the future! Great post! =)

    1. Thank you, Edel! :) I'm sure it will be a treat for both you and your baby! :)

  5. I love this! What a great idea! We'll try this activity when we resume our preschool visits this summer : )

    1. Hello, Bianca and Cyn! Thank you! :) I'm such a fan of She Said, she said--I love the whole mother-daughter idea! :) I hope you have fun with this story. :)