Play: Five Activities to Encourage Storytelling {Giveaway!}

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  1. Kristina says:

    I have not been the best to encourage story-telling– I don't find that I myself am a good storyteller! Sad, I know! I am better at retelling memories by looking at our photo albums. We love to do that! Though, My son and I have done a "storytelling" bag before and we've used stickers… would love to win the giveaway!

  2. Lovely! This looks like a lot of creative fun.

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  3. Pam says:

    Storytelling is a huge part of improvised theater, so we do lots of activities around storytelling in that "family." One of the simplest is "word-at-a-time story" in which all participants tell a story together – one word at a time. Another is similar to your passing of a story to different family members; it's called shared control story, and when someone rings a bell or says "switch!" then someone else starts up wherever the last person left off – even if it was mid-sentence or mid-word. (These also build listening skills!) With a larger group of kids, you could try "pop-up book" – you "turn the page" and the kids form some tableau and you tell the story . . . and then turn the page again to have them form a new tableau and continue, etc. (happy to write some of these up better if you're interested!)

  4. I am not the best story-teller either. Sara is SO imaginative. I sort of feel like I'm failing her when I try! I'm not sure how this started, but every night when we are putting her to bed she asks us to go get her a drink of water. When we return with the water she wants us to tell her a story of "who we saw waiting in the hallway." We normally answer with any TV or book character (Pinky Dinky Doo or Fancy Nancy, etc.) Then she wants to hear about how and why this certain character is going to come to her room while she is sleeping and whisk her away to fantastic places. Sounds a little strange, but she loves it. 🙂

  5. Amy Mensch says:

    My dad is a great story teller. Just about any family gathering includes Dad sharing family memories. I learned a lot of our family history this way. I hope to pass that along to my boys. I tried asking Mike to tell me a story yesterday. He told me 3 stories. 1 – Once there were 3 little pigs and a wolf tried to blow down their house. The end. 2 – same thing but with 3 penguins. 3 – same thing but with 3 dogs. He was very proud 🙂

  6. Mary says:

    We tell a serial type story that involves bears – each has a name that resembles names of people in our family. They go on adventures, change into other creatures, etc. When one of us runs out of ideas, we pass the story off by saying "And then Eliaeiabear (Eli) said…" and Eli knows that it is his turn to take over the story.

  7. Jessica Lago says:

    Cute! My LO is only 9 months old, but I can't wait to do this more with her! I know my husband is going to be fantastic at it– he can be so silly for her, and he always says what an imagination he had as a child, so hopefully she will too!

  8. Jenny T says:

    There are several women in my family that are creative story tellers (including my daughter). I find that I have a tough time recognizing when it is a great time to do so (I miss out on several opportunities). Thank you for the reminders of the other times I could be doing it!

  9. Kelly Lynch says:

    I agree that sharing stories about "back when we were kids" is important for our kids to hear. My girls LOVE to hear about things that happened to my husband and I when we were little and also about what they did as babies. Grandparents are another great source for stories – my parents love to tell the girls about when their little girl (me!) was little! :o)

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  10. Madelyn says:

    Great blog post MaryAnn. I love telling my boys stories about when I was little. When I tell them stories about when they were little they look at me like I'm crazy and am really making up a story. I'll share on FB, pin and tweet away. 🙂

  11. Abby says:

    We juat got the reusable sticker pads for the kids. I'm sure they'll love telling stories with them! I'll be pinning your post.

  12. Kathleen Cardwell says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas MaryAnn! We really love the Jesus Storybook Bible. We received it as a gift for the birth of our first son and started reading it too him very early (maybe when he was one). I thought the stories might be too long at that age, but he just loved the routine of having a Bible story every night before bed.

  13. I love this–especially the section about not wasting the car ride! It is so easy to hand them something to entertain themselves, but so much more worthwhile to engage them in a story! Thanks so much for sharing at Teach Me Tuesday at Preschool Powol Packets!!

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