Stories spark our imagination and stimulate curiosity. Storytelling promotes both language and emotional development. The benefits of storytelling are many. From allowing children to express themselves to helping parents bond with their children and understanding complex emotions. And while there is never a bad time to read a good story, it's even more amazing to create one of your own!
While you follow the activity, ensure you focus on,
Watch the activity videos below, and follow along. This will help you conduct your activity with ease
You can also use the printables below as starting points for your storytelling journey:
Use a multi-sensory approach. Include smells, and songs, and temperature in your stories. Bring your characters and scenes to life with sound effects.
Creating sound effects via drumming, clicking and snapping can also help your children communicate emotions better.
Start with a single character at a time.
Deepen comprehension and reach higher-order thinking skills by following up the session with many questions. Also, challenge the child by changing a key occurrence that happened in the story. What would happen if a character didn’t do an action a certain way? How would the story then unfurl?
In addition to going multi-sensory, use tangible objects and puppets to represent your characters. You can also use textures as trigger objects.
Storytelling can give children a creative outlet, help build imagination, literary and public speaking skills. But most of all, nurturing their interest and appreciating their talent can improve self-esteem and strengthen parent-child bonding. So go ahead and get them started today.