According to early childhood education professor, Ann Barbour, "Play is the most important medium for development and learning for young children, aged birth to eight years". This article provides a more in-depth explanation as to what prop boxes are, and what role they can play in your classroom. Many times, teachers feel props and "dress-up" clothing are for pre-school classrooms, but you will find information in this article that suggests that it is important at all levels.
Prop Boxes are perfect ways for students to build comprehension skills by retelling a story. Here you will find an example of a classic tale and prop ideas used to encourage your students to retell a story.
You will be able to find perfect examples of stories and props you can use in your classroom when you visit this site. Click on each story and you have access to printables, directions, and details on where to buy inexpensive props to go with each story!
This article provides valuable information on how young children acquire literacy skills at an early age. Pay close attention the to section titled, "Literacy in Play". You will find research that states the importance of "dramatic play" in a young child's life in order for them to develop early literacy skills.