Tell a Better Story – Storytelling Made Simple

Storytelling at night? It’s late. You’re so tired you could sleep through an earthquake but you know what’s coming next . . . “Tell me a story,” your child implores. Only you can’t think of a single idea.

Well, fear no more, my tired friends. Here are all the elements you need to spin a mesmerizing story for your adoring fans.

Storytelling for Beginners

Basic story elements: characters, setting, plot (aka. problem and solution)

Make your storytelling interactive (and EASY) by getting your child to think of all these elements.

CHARACTERS

“Okay, who is going to be the main character(s) in this story?” Get your child started with ideas like their pet, a magical butterfly, or themselves.

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SETTING

“Where does the story take place?”  Ideas might include a forest, the desert, your house, the playground.

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PROBLEM

“What’s the problem that _{insert character}____ has?” Here are some kid friendly problems, a storm, trying to find something or someone, or a mean person/witch/animal.

= A STORY

Once there was a golden retriever named Princess Poo-Poo . . .

(Yes, potty talk is a crowd pleaser, hate to admit it.)

Work in the problem, figure out how the main character solves the problem and wrap it up.

You are done. Pat yourself on the back. You’re a story teller!

I really like the “Tell Me a Story” cards for helping my kids tell stories.  The beautiful pictures combine to create unique stories, depending on what cards you choose.

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Story twists:

  • Mixed-up fairy tales.  Snow White + Three Little Wolves = ??
  • Daddy humor.  My husband invented these two family favorites — Cindersmella and the Three Stink Bugs and Goldisocks and the Seven Piggies.

Do you already tell stories?

What are your best storytelling tips?

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See also: 3 Storytelling Games for Kids, Nature Alphabet Books, How to Help Your Kids with Writing Assignments