Storytelling is often an overlooked fine art. It is a PRIME part of childhood. Storytelling opens up many imaginative worlds for children. It is such a wonderful way to get kids out from in front of the “tube” and using their own imagination. Storytelling is also a great way to get an insight into your child’s brain.
I absolutely love seeing my children using their imagination. However I am not usually able to keep ahead or even keep up with their imaginations. That is where Show Me A Story comes in. This book comes with 40 craft projects and activities to spark children’s storytelling.
This book has 4 main sections.
This part shows you how to start stories. Eleven of the ideas are in this section. These are great ways to give your imagination a little push. Often times finding the beginning of a story can elude you. These ideas give you ways to generate fresh stories each time. The crafts in this section range from extremely easy and inexpensive to fairly easy with minimal cost. This section also goes over the parts of a story as well as group storytelling.
This section includes ten of the ideas. Most if not all of the ideas in this section are portable. Which makes them easy to use almost anywhere. This section really inspires your child’s imagination. You are able to easily customize these activities to your child’s existing interests. We made our Story Telling Jar with the directions from this section. Since making this one, Katey has loved it so much that we have now upgraded to a larger plastic jar. It is so much fun for her.
This section which has fourteen of the great ideas. While creating and using the ideas from this section you will need to put on your “story goggles”. These activities focus on the process of storytelling. This section helps you to jump start your child’s imagination and shows them how to create stories out of anything, anywhere!
Story Play holds six of the activities. Each of them inspire children to express themselves through fantasy play as well as dramatic play. This section gives you enough inspiration to create props that are customized to your child’s interest(s ). While some of the ideas in this section are quite extravagant, like making a set for a play, to quite simple, like the magic pebbles. All of these ideas will get your child’s imagination roaring with ideas! They will have a blast. We made our magic pebbles from one of the ideas in this section.
This book uses many inexpensive ideas, in fact many of them use recycled items, scrap fabric, a found stick, a cut up cracker box, and more. In fact, I didn’t spend any money in creating the projects we have already created. In the back of the book are templates for badges, an envelope and puppets. There are also puppet theater backgrounds. With the amazing full color photography and step by step directions, most of these projects can be completed by you child.
My family has had such fun using and creating the ideas in this book. It really has came to us just in time. With winter knocking at our door, I am always scrambling for ideas to keep my kids entertained while the weather is bad. This book is full of great ideas. None of which use any screen time.
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