Teachers understand the importance of storytelling. In today’s diverse classrooms, stories can bridge the gap between languages and cultures. Have you used finger plays with your students for storytelling? Read this review from Erin about a workshop she attended by Kevin MacKenzie.

Kevin MacKenzie brought stories to life with his hands! He taught participants how to use their imagination and creativity through his use of finger plays. He helped us out of our comfort zones as we reenacted stories that he guided us through. This workshop would be highly recommended for daycare workers, care givers, parents, grandparents, preschools, and anyone in school from Pre K-3. Some of our teachers at school have retold his stories and are watching his DVDs in their classrooms. The students laugh, smile and become highly engaged as they expand their creativity. We are hoping to have Kevin back for a workshop at our school soon.
               Erin Skulmoski, Library Technician, MacLeod Elementary School

Finger plays can be useful in the Before, During, and After stages of reading for determining background knowledge, retelling, determining important information, understanding character, and many others. Want more information? Visit Also check out Kevin’s storytelling and finger plays on YouTube.

Gisele Carlson