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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
In the Car
Use the time you spend riding in a car to play storytelling games, create mini-stories, and act out finger puppet plays. It makes car rides more fun.
Telling stories with storytelling cards, such as these sprite cards, is just one of the ways to tell tales in a car.
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.
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.
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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