My favourite activities to prepare and present to young children are story plays. I love when I find a great book that I immediately want to turn into a story play. “Alfie’s Long Winter,” by Greg McEvoy is one of my, and my students, favourites! The book is perfect for fall or winter! Whenever I do a story play, my students are excited and mesmerized when I present. This form of story telling for kids is something that I have become very passionate about. I have found that there is incredible value in it and a wonderful way to make books memorable.
A video of this story play is included at the bottom of the page. A link to a FREE download of the book is also included!
The props for “Alfie’s Long Winter,” are fairly simple. I have a tree branch with holes drilled in it and then branches with leaves attached to show the changing seasons.
The story is about a leaf, named Alfie. Alfie is afraid to jump from his branch when fall arrives.
As fall comes, all of the leaves change colour. One by one, all of Alfie’s friends jump from the tree and fall to the ground.
Alfie, however, holds on tight and remains in the tree.
When all of his friends are raked up and taken away, Alfie realizes that he is all alone.
Through the cold, harsh winter, Alfie remains on the tree regretting that he didn’t jump with his friends.
Finally, as spring rolls around, new buds grow on the tree and Alfie is now older, and wiser. When fall comes again, Alfie is happy to jump first for his new friends. The story is adorable and really well written. It always captivates young audiences when I read it.
As a follow-up, every student created their own “Alfie”. I ordered these beautiful leaf cut outs off Amazon (link at bottom) and students were so excited to have their own Alfie to take home and retell the story to everyone at home. This was a very rewarding activity that I feel strengthens a love of reading and books. To me, there is nothing better!
I recorded a presentation of “Alfie’s Long Winter” as a story play. I kept the recording simple to show how it would easily present in a classroom. It also works with students to watch and then create their own story play.
A link to “Alfie’s Long Winter” by Greg McEvoy is available for FREE download, click the image for link. Get a copy for your classroom or home.