'Every picture tells a story' so the saying goes and 'A picture paints a thousand words', but can story telling really be fun and help childrenís learning?
Storytelling isnít just for camp fires and ghoulish nights. Many historical events are kept alive by stories repeated over the centuries, but telling stories is a skill that can be learned and should be enjoyed. Telling stories helps to develop listening skills as well imagination, it develops and stretches vocabulary and children learn how to use adjectives and adverbs, linking words and phrases.
All children use their imagination and make up stories from a young age especially when they role play with dolls, cuddly toys or action figures. When they start school this imagination is channeled more into writing.
Keeping this imagination fired up can be easy just by making storytelling into a family game at home. Find any smallish items from around the house, place them on a tray and cover with a cloth. This can be played with one or more people. One item is pulled from under the cloth and is the start of a story. The other items on the tray add the next steps of the story. This process can work for a single child, or many, all making up one story. Older children working together will probably put the items together in the most bizarre way to make the weirdest story!
For a more portable, travel size version the new Story Cards packs from Green Board Games have large flash-card size cards which are categorised to help develop stories. Younger children can put 2 cards together to develop linking sentence whereas older children or families make up the complete story!