Story Telling Ideas : How to tell a story to your child
Story telling is such an essential part of childhood. Fairy tales, folk tales and bed time stories are not only ways to bond with your child but it is also a chance to know how curious and imaginative your child really is. However after reading the same storybook a hundred times, a lot of parents want to try something else. There are other ways to tell a story or to create a new one for your child. Here are a few story-telling ideas; ways to create new ones and ways to reinvent the old.
- Using play dough or clay to make figurines and acting the story out is one way to re-tell an old story or it is also a way to create a new story track of an existing fairy tale.
You can create the little clay characters and then make a new story track about the Winnie-the-Pooh’s adventures. Instead of play-dough another way to do a 3D enactment of a story is through puppets.
- Another way is to write some adjectives or verbs on chits and put them in a bowl or a bag. Each person has to pick a chit and then incorporate the word into what their character is doing.
Your child’s character is The Big Bad Wolf and he picked the word ‘kind’ then he can make up a sentence such as “The Big Bad Wolf was actually a very kind wolf but then one day something happened and he became bad”. This will normally lead to a whole new story! Exploit your imaginations.
- Write a play and create props and costumes from household items and perform it for your family.
- Use stickers!
You can write a long story on a piece of paper, based on some stickers that you have, and then give it to your child and ask him/her to stick the stickers where it is relevant. This will not only be a great way to improve reading skills, but will also make it fun to read (6 steps to get your child interested in reading).
- Pick a random drawing or painting from the internet or the newspaper and ask your little one what he/she thinks is happening in the picture.
You will be surprised by the answers they can come up with!
- Mix and match your fairy-tales! What if Tigger from Winnie-the-Pooh met Mr. Lazy or the Big Bad Wolf met Little Ms. Chatterbox? You can create so many stories with existing characters that your children might love. An easy idea for a bed time story (8 tips for bed time reading).
- Each of the people present should say one sentence that makes up part of a story. All the sentences have to link-up and create a coherent story. This one is more fun if there are at least 3 people playing.
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