Put down your books! You don’t often hear me actively encouraging children not to read but have you ever tried oral story telling with your children and having them make the story up? Children most often have stories told to them, so let them be the story teller for a change.
Help them stretch their imaginations, practise using words in different ways, and build their confidence to find their voice and speak up. You might also get a real insight into what’s going on in their minds and they could surprise you with what happens in their story.
Telling stories aloud is fully mobile: whether you’re cosy on the sofa on a rainy day, walking to school or waiting for an appointment in the doctor’s surgery, you can tell each other stories.
There are no rules really – take it in turns to tell the story, following on from each other, or pick one person to be the story teller this time.
Use a familiar tale and give it a twist, or make up something completely new.
If there’s pause and the children need a prompt, try asking ‘what happened next?’, ‘why did that happen?’ rather than steering the story yourself.
Try these story starters as a springboard and see where your imaginations take you:
- Once up on a time B and L went for a walk in a forest. They walked and they walked and they walked until at last they found a ….
- When I woke up this morning , you’ll never believe what I found in my bedroom. It was a great big…
- Once upon a time a witch lived in a little cottage in the middle of a wood. One day she woke up and said to herself…