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50+ Storytelling Ideas

 Posted by on September 12, 2012
Sep 122012
 

I’ve always loved being drawn into a great book. I also enjoy writing and creating stories myself. My son (age 2.5) is at the perfect stage for storytelling. He walks around with his cars, stuffed animals, and other toys setting scenes and talking about their actions. Whether he’s retelling events that have happened to him in real life or making up fantastically improbable stories, he is practicing language skills, and his imagination is hard at work. I’ve collected 65 storytelling ideas from around the web. I hope you will be inspired to try some of them!

50+ Storytelling Ideas

Start Here

When looking for storytelling telling ideas, I believe the best place to start is at A Mom With A Lesson Plan. Jill shows you how to tell stories and how to teach your kids how to tell stories. I guarantee you will be inspired.

Teach storytelling to your kids by writing love stories.

Learn how to make storytelling cards {how to have your kids make them}.

Learn how to use storytelling cards {once the cards are made, here are tips for using them}.

Basic Storytelling for Toddlers – this is my favorite post – learn how to tell stories about your little ones.

 

Story Bags

Sticker Story Bag

Fill your story bag with stickers and let the creative juices flow. {The Pleasantest Thing}

Add wooden pieces from the craft store to your story bag. {This Little Project}

Allow the children to place objects in a story telling bag. {Teach Preschool}

Gather objects from around the house for your story bag. {Carrots Are Orange}

 

Story Stones

How to use story stones. {Teach Preschool}

True Meaning of Easter Rocks

Use rocks to tell the story of the Jelly Bean Prayer. {JDaniel4’s Mom}

Hand paint pictures on your story stones. {Small Potatoes}

More beautiful mod-podged story stones from Happy Hooligans.

Make story stones with fabric and mod podge. {Red Bird Crafts}

 

Storytelling through Drawing

Tell stories as you draw on an easel. {Childhood Beckons}

Record events of each day on a story stick. {The Butterfly Jungle}

Add our Scrap Paper Storytelling to your list of things to try.

Use fingerprints in your drawings to tell stories. {mama smiles}

Draw scenes, add stickers, and tell stories. {The Imagination Tree}

 

Act Out Storybooks

Read these 5 Tips for Enacting a Storybook from Experimenting Mom.

Act out Goldilocks and the Three Bears. {The Imagination Tree}

Create a play from a great story. A Mom With A Lesson Plan uses the book Too Many Fairies for their drama.

Design a storytelling pathway. {Fairy Dust Teaching}

Create a mini scene to retell a story. {Mum Paints Lives}

Play dough is the ever versatile pretend play material. Use it to fill in missing supplies when retelling a story.

Learn with Play at Home retells the story of the Donkey and the Wolf with play dough.

Create a model of a storybook character. The Imagination Tree recreates the Gruffalo.

Use 3D materials to introduce children to Bible stories. {Living Montessori Now}

 

Set the Stage

Retell familiar stories by creating your own props or gathering props from around the house.

Check out this small scale retelling of the 3 Little Pigs from Reading Confetti.

A Mom with a Lesson Plan sets the room to recreate the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Decorate train tracks to create scenes and stories. {Rebeakah from The Golden Gleam guest posts on Childhood Beckons}

Make stuffed animals the stars of your stories. {The Pleasantest Thing}

Set the scene by drawing doors that look like they have stories to be told. {Sun Hats and Wellie Boots}

Build a shadow puppet theater. {Inner Child Fun}

 

Story Boxes

Did you ever make a diorama as a kid? A story box or diorama is a 3D recreation of a scene. Use story boxes as the backdrop for retelling your favorite stories or create brand new scenes to go along with brand new stories.

Create a duck pond and sing “5 Little Ducks Went Swimming One Day.” {The Imagination Tree}

Little Red Riding Hood Story Box

Little Red Riding Hood Story Box from The Imagination Tree

Move the parts of your story box around using velcro. These velcro story blocks make a wonderful travel toy. {The Nature of Grace}

Here’s a twist on a story box: make a doll suitcase with changeable scenes. {Hart & Sew}

 

Story Boards

Hush Storytelling Board

Storytelling Board based on the book, Hush! A Thai Lullaby, from The Good Long Road

Create a story board with stickers. {Carrots Are Orange}

 

Writing Stories

Story Eggs

Use hand painted Easter eggs {“story eggss”} to inspire written stories. {Kitchen Counter Chronicles}

Fill in the blank story telling. {Kids Activities Blog}

Write down the stories your children tell. {Carrots Are Orange}

Set out fun eraser figures to inspire stories. {Imagination Soup}

Start with stamps to create stories and then write about it. {Melissa & Doug}

 

Other Story Starters

Make story cubes. {Red Ted Art}

Use a balloon with words to tell a story. {A Mom With A Lesson Plan}

Leftover Story Starters

Save leftover pieces to use as story starters. {Little Moments to Embrace}

Story Elements Box

Create a story elements box to learn about the parts of a story and help retell or create a story. {JDaniel4’s Mom}

Storytelling with Foam Shapes

Try Storytelling with Foam Shapes on Glass {Learn with Play at Home}

storytelling through songs about toys

Tell stories through song. Sing about toys.

Use pictures you find in the clouds as a basis for your storytelling. {Childhood Beckons}

Create story magnets from comics you are ready to recycle. {Sun Hats and Wellie Boots}

Make a storytelling jar. {Honey Bee Books}

Try to tell the worst story ever. {Melissa & Doug}

Make story starters using wooden discs, paint, and stamps. {Red Bird Crafts}

Tell stories with your child’s crafts or art. {Red Ted Art}

 

Storytelling Tips

10 tips for making up stories from Childhood Beckons. My favorite tip: Let go of perfection.

10 tips for telling stories from No Twiddle Twaddle. My favorite tip: Tell a story using your kids artwork.

7 ways to practice storytelling from Carrots Are Orange. My favorite idea: Make up your own song lyrics.

More ideas for starting stories from Simple Kids. My favorite idea: Let your story continue night after night.

Step by step storytelling from Imagination Soup.

 

Bonus Tips

Want to learn how to turn any storybook into a storytelling masterpiece? Kim from Little Stories shares why great storytelling is a performance and a few tips to help you get the most out of your stories.

Why is pretend play and storytelling so important? Kim has the answer to that as well.

Pretending and storytelling go hand in hand. Read Kim’s post on How to Pretend.

 

Are you a visual learner and would like to see video examples?

Deborah from Teach Preschool shows examples of a story jar, story stones, a story bag, and a story path on Indiana Fox 59 Morning News.

Kim from Little Stories shares 5 Steps to Make Reading Books More Meaningful. She teaches us how to tell a story. {Guest posted on A Mom With A Lesson Plan}

 

The Stories Continue

You can find these wonderful storytelling ideas on my Storytelling board on Pinterest. Be sure to follow along as I find new ideas. Inspiration Laboratories is also on TwitterGoogle+, or Facebook .  You can subscribe to my posts by e-mail as well.

 

What storytelling ideas do you have to add? Please share in the comments!

 

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  25 Responses to “50+ Storytelling Ideas”

  1. What a great resource this post is. I love it. Pinned it and shared on my FB page. Thanks for including us and for putting together such a great round up.
    Jen Fischer recently posted..Exploring Great Artists: Andy Warhol + Pop ArtMy Profile

  2. What a wonderful resource! I love all of the ideas and am thrilled that you have used lots of mine :-) Thank you!
    Anna @ The Imagination Tree recently posted..Van Gogh Style Finger-Paint PrintingMy Profile

  3. Wow, Trisha! This is a great round up! So much to be inspired by. I love how you looked at the theme of storytelling from so many different angles. I’m pinning it. Thank you for including The Pleasantest Thing.
    Carolyn @ Pleasantest Thing recently posted..Creating Sand DunesMy Profile

  4. What an awesome list! Thanks for including us!
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  5. Wow! This is amazing. You’ve certainly created the motherlode of storytelling and language development. Thanks for including us!

  6. some amazing ideas! i love the storyboxes. i’ve got an idea for one of them now! *pinned* thanks again for linking up!
    andiejaye recently posted..the easy way to clean up paintMy Profile

  7. What a fantastic collection! I am looking forward to working my way through these wonderful storytelling ideas. Also a BIG thank you for including our Storytelling jar :-)
    Melissa @ Honey Bee Books recently posted..Project #7: Tableau of The BFGMy Profile

    • Aren’t the ideas wonderful? I had to gather them all in one place. We’ve been working our way through them as well! Your storytelling jar is a wonderful idea. :)

  8. This is a fantastic resource for parents and teacher looking for activities to extend books. Just pinned it onto our Reading Board. We’d love for you to share on our After School Blog Hop! Here’s the Link http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2012/10/waiting-for-new-sibling-to-come-home.html
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  9. What an amazing list!! I can’t wait to start clicking through!!!!

  10. Oh, I love all these wonderful ideas! My oldest is having some trouble expanding his stories and adding details and I think some of these ideas will help him. Thank you for sharing at the AfterSchool link party!
    Kelly at Little Wonders’ Days recently posted..November’s 10 Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Show Your Kids You Love ThemMy Profile

  11. Thank you so much for sharing this!!!

    Abril

  12. Do you have any ideas i could include in a story sack for a book called lighting jack. author Glenda Millard and Patricia Mullins

    • I’m sorry, Sharon. I’m not familiar with this book. I would include objects that represents themes, elements, or scenes from the story.

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