Extra Special Storytelling
By Rachel Wells
“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.”
– J.K. Rowling
Reading is one of the best things you can do with your child academically. But have you ever wanted to really bring stories to life for your child? Storytelling goes way beyond reading books, and can get even the most reluctant reader enthusiastic about reading, writing, and telling stories.
Time spent storytelling will expand your child’s imagination, help develop his/her language skills, strengthen their memory, and help them learn to focus on problems, solutions, and recalling events.
With World Storytelling Day coming up on Marth 20th, these uniquely fun activities are just what you need to add some spice to story time at home!
For this oral storytelling activity you need to add stickers or drawings to the sides of at least two standard dice. Take turns rolling the dice and using the images you rolled to make up a story.
Write sentence starters on small pieces of paper and toss them into a jar. The first person will pull a sentence out and start orally telling a story using it. The next person will pull out a new sentence starter and continue the story using that sentence. Go back and forth continuing the story until you have used all the sentences in the jar.
Make finger puppets of the characters from your child’s favorite story, or design your own finger puppets to make up new stories with.
Head outside and collect rocks. Paint images or add stickers to the rocks to connect to one of your child’s favorite stories. After reading the story together, have your child re-tell it using the rocks to help.
Draw and Pass
Give each person doing this activity a piece of paper and 5 minutes to draw a picture. When the time is up, everyone passes their pictures to a different person. Each person must come up with a story using the picture they are now holding (not the one they drew).
Using Legos, challenge your child to recreate their favorite characters or scene from a favorite book. You can also try this activity using Play-Doh.
Get your child’s imagination flowing with these unique and fun storytelling activities!
Which ones do you plan to try?