Kids' Storytelling Crafts
Music or Sound Effects
If you play a musical instrument, you can use it to help tell your
story. Some professional storytellers use guitars and sing their stories
(ballads). One girl used a flute in a story about a fairy flute player. A
boy shook bells when his leprechaun appeared, because the magic creature
wore bells on his shoes.
Puppets can be made by drawing
faces on a garden glove. Or, you can make individual puppets for each
finger out of paper, felt or yarn. They work very well in a car or at a
party where you have a small audience.
Stick puppets can be made as small as a computer graphic stuck on the end of an ice cream bar stick or as large as a garbage bag over a broom rake. This picture shows a garbage bag over a broom rake decorated with construction paper face and hair.
A few strings attached to a sock doll or a fabric square can become a marionette for your storytelling projects.
Ghost Picture ©Copyright 2002 Vivian Dubrovin. Reprinted, with permission, from Storytelling Discoveries: Favorite Activities for Young Tellers, " Storytelling with a Ghostly Marionette."
and Magnetic Boards
Just a soccer ball, a balloon, or a picnic basket can help you tell a story. A prop can make you feel more at ease. If your story is about an object or toy, display that object and explain it or demonstrate how to make it.
"The Secret of the Leprechaun's Magic Box" (Storytelling Adventures: Stories Kids Can Tell) uses a one-inch cube to hold the magic he gives to Billy. But, Magic Boxes can come in many shapes and sizes and can hold many things, especially unseen treasures such as courage, friendship (Great Grandma's Friendship Box), love (The Leprechaun's Lucky Love Box) and this "Gifts of Story" box from Storytelling Discoveries. You can share a lot of magic by using these with your stories.
Learn about all the places you can tell stories and some spots you can create to tell them,
jump to Activities Page.
discover how storytelling stories are different from written ones,
jump to Create a Story.
To find a complete storytelling project with
a story, craft, and activity that you can do right now,
visit the new ClubRoom Page.
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