The Art of Storytelling (Part 3)

by Jamie on October 8, 2012

This week we end our storytelling blog with a classic game.  This is not only a great at parties but is fun to play with the family around the dinner table or on a road trip.  Please visit Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series if you want to start from the beginning.

Group Storytelling

  • Children take turns telling a story, each one picking up where the other left off.
  • This can be done by setting a timer, passing a yarn ball with knots (child unwinds ball as the story is told and passes ball to next child when they reach a knot), or assigning each child a “part” of the story (setting the stage, unfolding the crisis, resolving the problem).
  • Beginners can retell a story they have recently read at home or school.  More advanced storytellers can be challenged to incorporate a moral or lesson into their story.

As you play storytelling games with your children use the opportunity to teach them how stories are constructed.  For example, as the children become more skilled at storytelling you can start discussing what types of details make the story more interesting,  the characters more believable, and the plot more captivating.  For older children you might even discuss the roles characters can play in a story (main characters, supporting characters, antagonists, protagonists) or the different types of stories that can be created (comedies, dramas, tragedies, fables, mysteries, fairytales).  Have fun and bring your favorite stories into therapy…we would love to hear them!!!

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