Storytelling matters. We are wired for story. It’s how we remember our world, our experiences, and our life lessons. Let’s help our children become oral storytellers and writers of stories. Games like Tall Tales help.
For kids, storytelling improves listening, builds confidence, and grows imagination.
Discover New Ways to Teach Storytelling to Your Kids
Even if you don’t feel like you are a storyteller, you can still facilitate your child’s storytelling with
– the Tall Tales game
– other storytelling games like eeBoo’s storytelling cards
– listening to Circle Round, a storytelling podcast just for children
– reading stories together
– taking Pixar’s The Art of Storytelling classes
-making up your own bedtime stories. (My husband’s “silly stories” were my kids favorites! Here’s a simple storytelling for parents guide if you need one.)
The Tall Tales game comes with 50 story element game pieces which are little rubber toys and 24 settings.
My 12-year old reacted to this like your kids probably will — she loved playing with all the little toys!
To play the basic storytelling game, kids draw 8 pieces. They’ll use each of those 8 pieces to tell a story.
Alternatively, kids can use the 8 pieces and an environment card for the setting. The settings do give kids extra support with this extra idea. However, I didn’t like that anytime the cards showed people, the people were white. I might just take those cards out altogether.
Or tell a marathon story using ALL the pieces!
Another game play idea for a Tall Tales game is a group tale. Each player draws 2 or more pieces that they’ll use in a group story. One person starts with their piece, another person continues the story using their piece, and so on. Keep the story going until your pieces run out.
Now, if you want to help your children make their stories better, teach them about story arc, plotting, and conflict. You’ll want to incorporate this in the stories you read together as well as the stories you tell in the Tall Tales game.
You can teach common story plots to give your kids ideas such as: rags to riches, riches to rags, overcoming the monster, going on a quest, or adventurer traveling home.
It’s always a great plan to MODEL telling a story, too. If you want your children to understand conflict — tell an exaggerated “overcoming-the-monster” story. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a professional. Your lamest story still works! (Trust me, I’m a tired mom, too.)
Soon, your kids may just surprise you and surpass you in their abilities.
Tall Tales has won 7 awards including Dr Toy Award 2016, 2016 Scholastic Parent & Child Gold Star Toy Award, and PAL Award.
Do you think Tall Tales will help your kids have fun with stories?