Stories are a medium that have conveyed truth and love from parents to children throughout history. Getting kids to sit still for a story is rarely a problem, but many parents struggle to think of stories to tell. Here are some tried and true tricks for great storytelling that have worked with my kids that I hope will inspire you to tell stories too!
10 Tips for Telling Stories that Kids Love.
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1. Retell the best stories of all time in your own words.
2. Develop a story plot template.
3. Let pretend play inspire storytelling.
Dress-up clothes are worth the dust, space, and money that they cost. Let your kids dress up and act out a story together. If you don’t own many dress-up clothes, just explore the closets and create your own costumes.
4. Read books worth rereading. Read authors that know how to speak to children.
5. Encourage participation.
- What would you wish for if you had three wishes?
- If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do?
- If you could be mom or dad for a day, what would happen?
6. Use old magazine pictures, free eBooks, and the pictures on your wall (or computer background) to inspire storytelling.
7. Watch and mimic your child’s play and talk.
8. Tell a story using your children’s artwork. Chances are they already have a story that their art represents that they can’t wait to tell you.
9. Start your own oral tradition.
10. Include storytelling in every day. Have a special time when you always take time for stories, whether you spend a couple minutes cuddled up before bedtime in the dark or swap tales while washing the dishes together.
Hi! I’m Bethany. I’m a mom, weekly Greenville News columnist, and blogger also at Kidding Around Greenville SC. Welcome to my parenting blog No Twiddle Twaddle, all about adding a little magic to kids’ lives through play and reading. If you are new, don’t miss my popular posts: 10 Tips for Reading to Babies, Skin Therapy Play Dough, and 10 Lessons Motherhood Taught Me.