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Kids' Storytelling Club Activities

 If You want To Be a Storyteller, 
You Must Tell Stories

 But, WHERE can kids tell stories? 
WHAT stories can you tell?
 And HOW?


Picture  Copyright 2002, 
Barbara Dubrovin.
Reprinted,  with permission, from Storytelling Discoveries: Favorite Activities for
Young Tellers, "Storytelling with Draw and Tell" chapter.  

There are 
storytelling opportunities 
in many places today. 
Some are part of your everyday activities. 
Some are special activities. And others are opportunities you will learn 
to create just for you.

 


Picture  Copyright 2002, Barbara Dubrovin. Reprinted from Storytelling Discoveries: Favorite Activities for Young Tellers, "Storytelling with Rock Art" chapter.

At Campouts
          Did you ever sit around a campfire, roast hot dogs, and then toast marshmallows? When the sun went down and the stars came out, did you tell stories?
           Some camps have their own legends or camp history. Nature stories about local animals and plants are popular at camps. Trickster tales are also popular. Or, perhaps, you can create a camp craft and tell a story about it. Here the boys have made Portable Pictographs on rocks and are telling  a tabletop tale.

At Slumber Parties
Slumber parties are great places 
to tell sharing stories, group stories, or demonstration stories. 
The audience is small and can gather around the storyteller, making it fun to do demonstration stories or craft tales.

 

 

 


Picture  Copyright 2002, Barbara Dubrovin. Reprinted,  with permission, from Storytelling Discoveries: Favorite Activities for Young Tellers, "Storytelling with a Ghostly Marionette" chapter.


Picture Copyright 2002, Barbara Dubrovin. Reprinted  from Storytelling Discoveries: Favorite Activities for Young Tellers, "Storytelling with an Overhead Projector."

Classroom Programs
          Not all storyteller stories are fiction. Some are true stories. In your classroom projects you may have a chance to explore true stories. Many school programs focus on local history, math, or science. Some school storytelling programs have holiday themes.
            Storytellers can add an extra dimension to their storytelling by projecting pictures on the wall or screen.
        


Picture  Copyright 2002, Vivian Dubrovin Reprinted,  with permission, from Storytelling Discoveries: Favorite Activities for Young Tellers, "Creating Hand Puppets for Your Storytelling Doll." 

Public Library Programs
            You might find a storytelling workshop at your public library. Like school projects, library programs often begin with a professional storyteller. Then you may work with that storyteller,  your teacher, or librarian to create a storytelling concert. You’ll have a chance to read your favorite kind of stories (mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, or other genres) while you look for a story to tell.

 

Heritage Programs            Heritage programs are becoming popular in schools, churches, and youth groups, such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp fire, and 4-H clubs. Some Storytelling Clubs are also including them. Boys and girls explore their heritage, share legends, myths, customs, and even some family experience stories in a storytelling concert.

 


Picture  Copyright 2002, Barbara Dubrovin. reprinted with permission from the Fall, 2002 issue of the Junior Storyteller "The Magic Storytelling Stick." Create your own storytelling badge for your youth group

 

At Family Gatherings            Family gatherings at holidays, birthdays, or other celebrations are good times to collect family stories. Look for tales about family history, hobbies, talents, professions, illnesses or accidents.

 

While Babysitting           Storytelling can be a magic tool to get kids to do what they need to do, such as pick up toys, eat their meal, or take a nap. And, it can make you one of the most popular babysitters. 

 


Picture  Copyright 2006, Barbara Dubrovin. reprinted with permission from The Kids Storytelling Club, Summer, 2006.

                            More Information  

 To learn how storytelling stories are different from written ones, Visit the Create Page.

   To learn about crafts and props to  use with your storytelling   
visit 
Storytelling Crafts.

To find a complete storytelling project with a story, craft, and activity that you can do right now,
visit the
ClubRoom Page.

To buy storytelling books that kids can read,
jump to our NEW
Bookstore


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