Everyone loves a good story. A good story will have a clear beginning, middle and end. It may make you laugh or cry or feel happy or scared.
When we hear a story, we instinctively identify with the information through our own experiences. We use stories to persuade or convey an emotion. Telling and/or hearing a story puts our whole brains to work.
Communication is key to leading a successful life so, how can we teach our grandchildren to tell a good story?
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Play with them.
Have you ever heard of a “string-a-long” story? It’s where one person starts with “Once upon a time…” and then you each take turns adding a little or a lot to the story.
Try the string-a-long game with each person using only ONE word! We’ve had hours of fun on long car rides playing this game… almost always ending in lots of laughter!
Guide them through the principles of creative storytelling. “How to Tell a Story: 1 Book + 20 Story Blocks = A Million Adventures” provides you with a game AND a book. It’s basically a mini-course on Creative Writing… but don’t tell the kids!
“Rory’s Story Cubes” is another creative and fun storytelling tool. There are 9 dice with different pictures on each face. Create your own story and create your own rules!
Talk to them.
Tell them something funny that happened to you! Make sure to keep it short and provide a beginning, middle, and end. (Kids learn by your example!) Pull out an old photo album or school yearbook and share your stories!
Listen to them.
If they tell you their day was “fine,” ask more pointed questions, such as “What was the first thing you did at school this morning?” “Who did you sit by at lunch today?” “What was your favorite part of the day and why?” Pay attention and continue to be engaged in the conversation.
Read to them.
Spark their child imaginations by sharing storytelling ideas! Here are some of our favorites.
Give them tools.
How about these journals that provide both a writing area AND a drawing area?
Do they love drawing? Check these out.
Who doesn’t like new “school supplies”? Purchase a backpack and fill it with pens, pencils, crayons, and washable markers. Include fun stickers or a shiny new clipboard – anything to help inspire their minds. Let them practice and watch them flourish!