Early Lit Bits: Make a Story Box

Make a Story Box

Here is a fun way to use up items that would otherwise end up in the recycling bin and help your child learn to read at the same time.


  • One empty aluminum foil, cling wrap, or waxed paper box with the tube inside
  • Colorful contact paper
  • Markers
  • Tape
  • One roll of shelf lining paper (without adhesive)

To Make:

  • Remove the sharp tear strip from the box
  • Cover the box with colorful contact paper
  • Write the text and draw pictures of a familiar story on the shelf liner paper
  • Tape the end of the shelf liner story to the tube and roll the story around the tube
  • Place the tube inside the box and label the outside of the box with the name of the story

To Use:

As you read the story, pull the shelf liner story from the box. After reading the story, roll it up and store it inside the box.
from Making Toys for Preschool Children by Linda Miller and Mary Jo Gibbs: Gryphon House, 2002

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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