If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine what a story box is worth to a child who is blind or partially sighted!
What is a story box?
It is a box that contains objects from a book. For example, a story box for, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", may contain three bear stuffies in three different sizes, a doll with long golden braids, three bowls in different sizes, three spoons in different sizes, three miniature chairs in different sizes, and three miniature beds in different sizes. Each of these objects is mentioned in the fairy tale.
How do you use a story box? As you are reading the story, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and you get to the spot where Goldilocks sits down and breaks baby bear's chair, you can ask the child to pull out all the chairs. The objects in the box help to develop concepts. For example, you can ask the child which chair is the biggest, or which bed is baby bear's bed, and to show you Goldilocks long blond braids.
The story box should be labelled in some way so the child can match it to the book and locate it independently on the bookshelf. For example, the book and story box for "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", might have a miniature bear stuffie attached to them.
A story box is fun – It brings a book to life!