The Creative Art of Storytelling
Recently my kids were given a gift of Rory’s Story Cubes. We opened the package to find 9 cubes inside. On each cube were 4 different pictures. You roll the cubes out and each child has to tell a story by using all the pictures on his/her 9 cubes.
My kids were busy for hours taking turns telling stories. (Ages 9, 7 and 5) Later, we noticed the 3 year old take the bag of cubes on his own and roll them out in front of him. He began to tell his own story by looking at the cubes and picking each one up to tell himself a story.
“Educators have long known that the arts can contribute to student academic success. Storytelling is accessible to all ages and abilities. No special equipment except the imagination and the power of listening and speaking is needed to create images. Storytelling can encourage students to explore their unique expression and can help a student’s ability to communicate thoughts and feelings in an articulate manner. Storytelling can be a nurturing way to remind children that their words are powerful, that listening is important, and that clear communication between people is an art. ” (http://www.storyarts.org/classroom/)
Storytelling helps to boost creative thinking and imagination. It also increases your child’s vocabulary by allowing him to express his thoughts and feelings.
Through storytelling you can encourage your child to start writing down his ideas and illustrating his tales. It is also a great way to have fun with your family and include all ages in a creative, imaginative way. It helps your child to think of new ideas, gain self-confidence and strengthen his personal motivation.
Here are some excellent tools available for getting your children into storytelling:
1. Rory’s Story Cubes
2. An Animal Shufflebook by Richard Hefter and Martin Stephen Moskof
3. Once upon a Time by Atlas
4. Eric Carle’s Animal Flash Cards
5. The Storyworld Box: Create-A-Story Kit
What ways does your family share stories?