Yesterday, I wrote about storytelling with clouds and I shared my attempt at making up a story. I really wanted to include some tips for storytelling, but for ease of reading and navigation I decided to gather all of my best tips into a post of their own. I am a mom that has struggled with making up stories. so I thought I'd share a few of the things that helped me.
10 Tips for Making Up Stories
- Practice. I'll never forget R's reaction when I first started making up stories. He very sweetly said, "Mama, that story wasn't very good. But it's okay. You tried." And he was right. It was absolutely awful. I stumbled through it and it wasn't entertaining in the least. But I did try. I kept trying and practicing and I did get better. R appreciates my efforts and I bet your child will appreciate yours.
- Let go of perfection. Yes, practice is a great tip (if I do say so, myself) but you should also let go of perfection. Know that even when your best story falls a little flat, you are still building and nurturing a connection with your child.
- Add their interests. You know your child best. You know what they like so use that to your advantage when you are telling stories. Base the story around their interests.
- Use their name. I've found that if a character in the story has their name it makes the story more entertaining.
- Use various voices. An easy way to make any story come alive is to change your voice for various characters. Don't worry about seeming silly. Your child will like it and that's what matters.
- Make it interactive. Ask questions. If it's something you've said throughout the story, young children can anticipate the answer and repeat it back to you. You can also build your story around their answers. If you are telling a story and have no idea what to say next, ask them a question and use their answer.
- Build a series. Once you've created a character that they love, stick with it. Build a series by adding onto the character's adventures.
- Relate the story to your child's life. You could work through your child's fears, doubts, and anxieties by having a lovable character work though the very same problem. As well as celebrate accomplishments and special occasions! It's instant story material that is familiar and helpful!
- Act it out. You are sure to bring any story to life by acting it out. Please don't be afraid to cut loose and act silly. Enjoy the giggles.
- Tweak a classic. You don't have to start from scratch. Change the details of a classic to make the story new.
More Resources for You
- Storytelling 101- Marnie from Carrots Are Orange shares ways to incorporate more storytelling throughout your day.
- 5 Steps to Make Reading Books More Meaningful - Kim from Little Stories shares five tips to make reading a book more meaningful over at A Mom With A Lesson Plan. These are great tips and would be great for storytelling as well. Plus, it's a super cute video that your child will enjoy watching with you.
- Storytelling with Illustrations- In this post I share tips for making storytelling fun by adding your own illustrations.
- Storytelling Pinboard- Trisha from Inspiration Laboratories has a wonderful board on Pinterest dedicated to storytelling. It's full of ideas and tips!
I know how difficult it can be to make up a story as you go and I hope that you've found these tips and resources helpful. Thank you so much for reading!
Do you have any tips for storytelling? I'd love to read them! Please feel free to share your tips and tricks.