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Press Here: A Story Mob

Ever since I heard of Toronto’s Story Mob, I’ve been wanting to try it. I wasn’t sure exactly how I could make it work as an after school program, but I finally figured it out! I have great success with series programming at my library. I decided to run this program as a series:Press Here All Lights Out

  • Week One: Design and Decorate Props
  • Week Two: Design and Decorate  Props
  • Week Three: Practice
  • Week Four: Perform for parents

I chose one of my favorite stories, Press Here by Herve Tullet, to be the inaugural story. I ordered the following materials for the props:

  • DIY Knight’s Armor from Oriental Trading. I ordered 2 dozen: you need 15 for the story, plus a few in case of mistakes! $22.99 with shipping
    Or, you can use two pieces of 11 x 17 white construction paper and two strips of 3 x 11 for shoulder straps
  • Glue sticks (about 1 stick for each prop: total of 15)
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper in 9×12 size:
    • 12 Yellow  (2 for each Yellow dot costume, plus 1 for 1 Red, and 1 for 1 Blue)
    • 10 Red (2 for each Red dot costume)
    • 10 Blue (2 for each Blue dot costume)
  • Construction paper in 11×17 size:
    These will be used to create the dots dancing and getting bigger at the end of the story. You can cut a variety of circles: whole, half and quarter. 

    • 7 Yellow
    • 7 Red
    • 7 Blue
    • 7 Orange
    • 7 Purple
    • 7 Green
  • Circle stencils (I used the lids of my pots and pans set from home)
  • Black crayons
  • 2 pieces of masking tape or Velcro to add 2 Yellow dots on top of 1 Red and 1 Blue for the beginning of the story
  • Optional: Musical instruments: I already have egg shakers and scarves from storytime
  • Optional: 5 small flashlights and hole puncher
  • Optional: I laminated each Dot costume because I used this for class visits and for professional development.

Instructions for Props:

Assemble 15 DIY Knight’s Armor into three equal piles:

  • 5 for yellow
  • 5 for red
  • 5 for blue

Please note: Yellow’s construction is different than Blue and Red.

5 Yellow Dots:

Press Here Yellow Front

Yellow Front: Front side: One yellow dot in front. Backside: Plain white back.

Yellow Back:  Front side: Yellow dot in front with black crayon for lights out. Backside: Big circles of different colors.

Yellow Back:
Front side: Yellow dot in front with black crayon for lights out.
Backside: Big circles of different colors.

Optional for 5 Yellow: Add small LED flashlights to light up the yellow dots.

Press Here Yellow Flashlights

4 Red Dots:

Red: Front side: One red dot. Backside: Black crayon for lights out.

Red front:
Front side: One red dot.
Backside: Black crayon for lights out.

Red Back: Front side: One red dot with black crayon for lights out. Backside:

Red Back:
Front side: One red dot with black crayon for lights out.
Backside: Big circles of different colors.

1 Red Dot: Add Velcro or tape and add Yellow Dot on top of Red for the first few pages:

Press Here Yellow on Red

4 Blue Dots:

Press Here Blue Front

Blue Front: Front side: One blue dot. Backside: Black crayon for lights out.

Press Here Blue Back

Blue back: Front side: Blue dot with black crayon for lights out. Backside: Big circles of different colors.

1 Blue Dot: Add Velcro or tape and add Yellow Dot on top of Blue for the first few pages:

Press Here Yellow on Blue

Now you’re ready to create a Story Mob! You’ll need 15 children to be each dot. All extra children can have scarves and shakers to dance around with and shake. If you have under 15, you can use parents or adapt the story to fit the amount of children you have. For example, tap the Yellow dot three times.

Are you ready for the story? Here we go…

Press Here Ready

“Ready? Press Here and see what happens.”

Press Here Two Yellow

“Press the yellow dot again.”

Press Here Three Yellow

“Gently rub the dot on the left” (do the same with the right and rip off to expose a Blue dot):

Press Here Yellow Changes to Red

“Five quick taps on the Yellow dot.”

Press Here Five Yellows

“Five quick taps on the Red dot.”

Press Here Five Yellow and Red

“Five quick taps on the Blue dot.”

Press Here Five Yellow Red and Blue

“Not bad. Shake them up a bit!” (Kids dance and shake.)

“Perfect, let’s see what kind of pattern we’ve made…Blue, Yellow, Red, Blue, Yellow, Red. An A-B-C pattern!”

Press Here Patterns

“Uh, oh! Who turned off the lights?!” (Notice that the yellow dots are illuminated by the flashlights?!)

Press Here Yellow Lights Only

“I bet our dots can make a rainbow!”

Press Here Dark Rainbow

“What happens if we clap our hands?” (Clap 1,2,3,4,5 and let the other kids shake shakers, clap hands, wave scarves and run by everyone.)

Press Here Big Dots

“Oh, boy! Should we do it again? Press Here and start from the beginning!”

Press Here Last Yellow The EndMy school collaboration partner, Joanne Moore, and I worked together with the kids to create a video so you can see how it came out. We did this program as a class visit to promote my awesome summer reading programs. I think I’ll have maximum attendance!

4 comments on “Press Here: A Story Mob

  1. itsybitsymom
    May 23, 2014

    Brilliant! The kids did a great job! Now you’ve got me thinking story mob!! Thanks!

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