Storytelling rocks, and while world storytelling day is in March, it doesn’t mean you should tell stories to your kids only one day in a year. Research has shown several benefits of storytelling, including broadening your kids’ minds, provoking and inspiring, and fostering connections. Consider these tips to improve your storytelling abilities to keep your kids hooked and thrilled by your stories every time.
1. Use narratives to capture kids’ interests
A good story presentation is essential for grabbing your kids’ attention. Narrations work well when they are filled with familiar elements. Reading through a story and getting acquainted with the key elements and characters is best before sharing with your kids. Keep eye contact with your little ones while reading or narrating the story. If possible, modulate your voice to suit each character while narrating the story. You can even dramatise a complex story with many important characters as best you can.
2. Make room for interruption
Your storytelling will be more interesting when you allow your kids to interrupt, ask questions, and share their thoughts and excitement. Interruptions can foster creativity and allow your kids to draw similarities between your story and something they may have heard. This demonstrates that they are keenly interested in every piece of the story. However, interruptions can sometimes be frustrating as your kids may do so too frequently. A solution will be to learn how to prevent kids from unnecessarily interrupting your reading. You can do so by making time in between for them to ask questions and rewarding them for listening.
3. Objectify storytelling
You can request your child or group of their friends to go outside and gather any objects they believe would make a good story. Then ask them to sit in a circle. Everything a kid presents should form part of the story’s scene. And everyone will take a turn in presenting an object to continue the story. This type of storytelling doesn’t only intrigue the kids but enhances the creative abilities of the storytellers since they’ll have to do more imaginative thinking to keep the story going.
4. Add visuals to storytelling
A picture is worth a thousand words, and visual aids can help with even the most challenging stories. Pictures can help prevent distractions from kids by keeping story sequence, movements, and relationships. You can also show your children various images and ask them to create stories for each one. You can use photo printing to create a continuous story out of a collection of pictures. They are useful for telling stories from different angles and can help document plants and study things in-depth. You can assist your young one draw out sequential events and form stories from them. However, this type of storytelling is best done with your child’s group of friends.
You will notice that putting in the effort to share stories with your kids can be exciting and entertaining. You begin to feel more productive and satisfied and enjoy quality time with them. Consider these tips to take advantage of storytelling opportunities.