STORY TELLING TIPS
- Make conversation with your children as you read a story. Ask open-ended questions that require your children to stop and think. Such as: Why do you think the character was unhappy?
- Make connections with your children between them and the story you are reading. Select stories that will have meaning with your child or group of children.
- Have fun with the words in the story. Emphasize rhyming words and words that start with the same sound.
Start a collection of simple animal and people face masks to use with your children.
- Read or make up a short story that fits one or two of your masks.
- Let children wear the masks and act out the story.
DECK OF CARDS STORIES
Have your children sit in a circle for this activity.
- Take a deck of cards and deal out four cards to each child.
- Have the children turn their cards down in a stack in front of them.
- Begin a simple story and then have a child turn over their top card.
- Now incorporate the number or the character into your story.
- Continue choosing other children to turn over a card as your story moves along.
- Continue the story as long as interest lasts.
OBJECT STORY PROPS
- When choosing a story that centers around a pumpkin for instance, bring in a real pumpkin for your children to observe as you read the story.
- Visual props can help children stay focused on your story.
STORY CHEST STORIES
You will need a small chest or other container for this story time activity.
- Each day, place a special story treat inside your story chest. It could be an object or a special snack related to the story. You could even write a letter to your children from the main character in the story.
- Then, open the story chest before reading your story, to help make the story come alive for your children.
- Story time will be anticipated each day as a fun, surprise filled time.
SPIDER STORY PUPPETS
Make your children small spider finger puppets to wear as you read your favorite spider story.
- Wrap a strip of black paper around your child’s finger and tape together.
- Now, remove the ring and make seven cuts up half-way from the bottom of the ring to create eight legs.
- Bend the legs out and slip the puppet back on your child’s finger.
- You can also glue on two white paper eyes if you desire.
CREATING NEW STORY ENDINGS
- Read a favorite story to your children.
- Discuss the end of the story.
- Ask your children if they can come up with alternative endings.
Young children are drawn to repetitive stories because they lead to predictability and make stories easy to remember.
- Fill your bookshelf with stories that contain phrases and words that are repeated. Such as Three Billy Goats Gruff – “Trip, trap, trip, trap” and The Three little Pigs – “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down.”
- Stories filled with repetition also let young children feel like they are reading when they recite the phrases along with you.
AFTER STORY FOLLOW-UP SUGGESTIONS
- Act out the story.
- Illustrate the story.
- Prepare a snack that relates to the story.
- Let children make a placemat that relates to the story.
- Sing a song that relates to the story.