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BRING A STORY TO LIFE

STRATEGIES AND RESOURCES TO AMPLIFY STORY TIME.

Lesson plans to liven up any story in your library, or create original stories through improvisation and dramatic play!

READ-ALOUD STRATEGIES FOR PARENTS

Tips and tricks teachers use to engage students and teach them comprehesion, critical thinking, and imaginative play.

ACT OUT AN ORIGINAL STORY

Strategies to encourage young learners' original story telling skills, and ways to help bring those stories to life!

TURN A STORY INTO A PLAY

Choose a favorite book and turn it into a play! This lesson includes tools to help map the story, and storytelling.

FOSTER PRETEND PLAY AT HOME

Ways every parent can maximize pretend play in their home for the greatest educational impact. 


Story Library

DMPA Story Library with Activities

For the past 24 years DMPA has commited to connecting students and educators to performing arts experiences through the Applause Series, and for the past decade we have welcomed families into our theater spaces through the Wellmark Family Series. Below is a collection of curriculum guides, resources, and projects we've used throughout the years to enhance the storytelling on DMPA stages. 

Please take a look and help yourself to anything that would enable you to dig deeper into the stories on your shelf, or the stories available digitally through your local library.


Picture Books

And Tango Makes Three

Dig deeper into the story with the DMPA Inquiry Guide: And Tango Makes Three Resources and Activities

Tell a joke with some family members and friends: Penguin Jokes

Create some Penguin friends:

Penguin Masks

Penguin Puppets

Cat in the Hat

Dig deeper into the story with the Des Moines Performing Arts study guide - Cat in the Hat Resources and Activities

Art Activities

Cat in the Hat Hat Instructions

Goldfish Puppet

Kite Instructions

Frog and Toad

Dig deeper into the story with the DMPA curriculum guide: A Year with Frog and Toad Resources and Activities

Create a fly catcher from a toilet paper roll: Fly Catcher Instructions

Create a Frog Hat:

Frog Hat Template

Frog Hat Instructions

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Chapter Books

Call of the Wild

Dig deeper into the story with the DMPA Resources and Activities

Magic Tree House: Stage Fright on a Summer Night

Dig deeper into the story with the DMPA Inquiry Guide!

Projects

Shakespeare Quill

Create a Mask

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Dig deeper into the story with our DMPA Curriculum Guide: Mr. Popper's Penguins Resources and Activities

Tell a joke with some family members and friends: Penguin Jokes

Create some Penguin friends:

Penguin Masks

Penguin Puppets

The Man who Planted Trees

Dig deeper into the story with the DMPA curriculum guide: The Man Who Planted Trees Resources and Activities

Artwork around The Man Who Planted Trees:

Art Instructions

Decorate a Tree

Elzeard Puppet

Make your own Crazy Glasses


Music Connections

Jazzy Ash & the Leaping Lizards

 Listen to Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards - New Orleans inspired jazz artist for kids!

Jazzy Ash & the Leaping Lizards Website

Jazzy Ash Youtube Channel

Jazzy Ash on Spotify

Dig deeper into the music of Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards with our DMPA Curriculum Guide

 

Create your own Mardi Gras Parade!

Mardi Gras Streamers

Create Your Own Mini-Banjo

Explore New Orleans in lead singer, Ashli St. Armant's new children's book Viva Durant and the Secret of the Silver Buttons, now available for free on Audible Discover!

 

Share your creations with us via social media using #ProjectJoy!

OTHER ONLINE ARTS CONNECTIONS FOR FAMILIES

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MUSIC


THEATER