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Creative Storytelling Ideas for Story Time

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's easy to grab a book and read it at story time. There is nothing wrong with doing this, but sometimes it's nice to switch things up a bit and add a personal touch that goes beyond talking in foreign accents and funny voices. Kids will literally hang on your every word if you make a story up yourself. Sounds easy enough, right? Just think of something to talk about and go with it. Unfortunately, many parents find that they draw a blank when they are put on the hot seat. It's like that exam you studied for and knew every answer to an hour before you walked in the classroom, but then forgot everything when you sat down at your desk.

Even if storytelling does come fairly natural to you, at the end of the day when you are exhausted it can be a challenge to come up with something engaging and creative on the spot. This is probably why most parents just reach for a book. Story time gives you a valuable opportunity to bond, so once in a while, use these tips to make it a bit more personal.

Set the Mood

Aside from sharing special bonding time, one of the main reasons parents have story time is to help little ones fall asleep. This is hard to do if you are reading in the living room or if you have a bright ceiling light on in their bedroom. Either add a dimmer switch to the main light or use a small lamp in the room. Having a wall-mounted fountain in the room is helpful, too. The sound of cascading water helps to relax them (and you). You can find a huge selection from stores like Indoor Fountain Pros.

Use a Familiar Name

It doesn't matter if you are telling a story about a monkey, dolphin, or human; the main character can be named after your child. You can always let them pick the name, too.

Personal History Story

Stuck on ideas? Tell them a story about an experience they had when they were younger. Maybe the story is about the day they first realized they have toes or about when they learned how to feed their peas to the dog. Tell the story of how you chose their name or about their first birthday. Maybe the first time they tasted a certain food they made a crazy face. What seems silly to you will be fascinating to them.

Story About You

Surely you have an endless supply of stories you can tell about yourself. Maybe you went on your first rollercoaster with your grandpa or you had a favorite game you always played.

Personalized Fairytale

There is nothing wrong with taking a fairytale and a personal story and combing the two. Cinderella gets your daughter's name, but she didn't lose a glass slipper on the steps, it was her favorite fuzzy slippers.

Use Tons of Repetition

Repetition may be boring to you, but not to them. You can use the same dolphin or monkey character in a number of stories. Kids like that the character is familiar. You can also repeat the plot line over-and-over. For example, the monkey loses his banana frequently, but he always finds it under his hat because he hides it there to keep it safe. Pretty soon, they will be able to predict where the banana is whenever the monkey enters a storyline.

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Beck Valley Books said...

I know when I made a few stories up at bedtime it was always much more fun because they knew I was creating it and thinking about it as we were going along and they would always chuckle.

Scott said...

I would regularly change the names in stories also. Made it more interesting and sometimes hilarious!

Jenn said...

I sometimes tell made up stories to my kids at bedtime but I let them create the way it will go and fill in the blanks. They love when we do that.

Literary Winner said...

These are some cute ideas! My kids love it when I let them take turns with me telling the story.

Unknown said...

I always enjoyed story time with my son when he was little, he has one of the biggest imaginations I have ever seen. I would start the story and before I knew it, it was him telling me a story.. :) Best times!!

Katherine Bartlett said...

I love these tips. I can use them in homeschool!

Unknown said...

Awe I love these tips as I have a little one still at home! Plus she loves stories and me telling them!

Unknown said...

Great ideas! I like the personalization one the best :)

Rebecca said...

wonderful story telling ideas. It's fun to make up stories whether your a child or an adult.

Unknown said...

Story telling can pass down tradition and a love for words. We can do it anytime and anywhere

The AnnMarie John said...

My toddler loves story time and we usually make things up as we go along. I love picture books with no words, that way we can make up our own story. Great tips here.

C. Mahan said...

I loved storytime as a kid but I much preferred reading stories on my own.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I love how this promotes literacy and a love of reading. It's a great way to bond with our kids.

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