Wednesday, October 1, 2014



Have I mentioned, O eats up stories?
One of the best parts of Waldorf Education, next to the emphasis on nature, is the importance placed on the value of story-telling. Waldorf encourages imaginative stories, as well as ancient folklore and mythology. There is a strong use of verse and poetry, including finger plays. 
Love it!

I've been researching verse and stories from Waldorf websites and came across a Waldorf puppeteer. 
In the article, she was describing an old tale about a mouse making a house out of a pumpkin. 
A few minutes of searching and I found the following story.

Mouse House-A Pumpkin Story
(You will need a piece of orange construction paper and a pair of scissors.)
Once there was a little mouse who lived in a field on a pumpkin farm. 

It was beginning to get colder out as autumn was coming so he decided to start look for a home. (Fold the paper in half the short way while you are saying this much). 
He spotted a pumpkin laying on its side in the field and thought that it would make a good, warm place to live. 
(Cut out a half a pumpkin shape so what when you open the paper up it will look like a whole pumpkin. Don’t forget the stem! Don’t open the half of a pumpkin up. Hold it for the children to see so that the fold is down. And looks like its laying on its side) 
The little mouse nibbled a hole in the pumpkin to get inside where it was warm. 
(Tear a small hole out of the paper right in the middle of the fold – this is the nose). 
Once he got inside the little mouse saw that the door he use to get in would be too small for some of his friends to visit so he nibbled a larger door for them.  
(tear another hole out on the side of the 1st hole that is away from the stem. Make it about halfway between the first hole and what will be the bottom of the pumpkin. Tear this hole taller to make it look like a bigger door. This is the mouth. Remember you are making holes in the fold of the paper) Then the little mouse noticed that it was very dark in his new house so he decided to make a window. He nibbled and nibbled and soon he had a nice window to let in light. 
(this hole is not made on the fold. It should be on the side that is closest to the stem and a few inches up from the fold. These are the eyes. Make it about equal distance from the first small whole and the stem.) 
He was very proud of his house when it was done and invited all of his friends over to wish them a Happy Halloween.  
(Open your pumpkin and the children will see that you have made a jack-o-lantern) 

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