Storytelling is a popular pastime in our house. We tell stories in the car, at the dinner table, at bedtime and any other time that takes our fancy.
To keep our storytelling fun and fresh I created the storytelling jar!
Using a lovely shaped jar that I found at an op-shop, I filled it with lots of brightly coloured notes. On each note there is a word or a short statement. Some examples include going to the playground, bananas, helicopters, rainy day, on the farm, and monkeys!
We take turns to select a note and then make up a story about the concept we find on it. The jar was a big hit, not only with my 3 year old but my husband as well!
The jar is located on bench near the breakfast bar and while I'm making lunches in the morning or cooking dinner in the evening the kids sit at the breakfast bar and we tell each other stories.
Other ways to start the storytelling fun is through the use of props, like toys as characters or you could try story stones like those made by My Little Bookcase.
Storytelling is a rich experience for children that benefits their literacy skill development. It is a wonderful activity to help improve vocabulary and language skills as well as develop the art of conversation. When children tell stories they are learning to use their imagination as well as understand the structure of stories, including setting the scene, sequences of events and incorporating a variety of characters. Most of all, it's fun!
How do you and your children tell stories at your house?