Have you ever tried it with a room full of little people under the age of two? What a fun experience, it takes a roomful of parents to keep everyone on target. And, a room full of early elementary age children isn't much easier, if you're lucky they might stay on their squares, but keeping everyone silent at the same time is nearly a feat of wizardry.
So many great stroytellers are out there offering new ideas and twists on old-school ideas. While it is endearing to listen to a Grandma read a book to a group of littles it can be frustrating, especially if she is a stickler for silence. Someone forgot to tell Granny the age of the Jetson's has arrived.
Through my real world endeavor, The Play Connection, Inc. I take storytelling to a whole new level with creative play. We read stories, act them out, and then do a messy craft to make it memorable. Sometimes we even turn the tables on Granny and Gramps and take the story to them letting the kiddos act it out at area retirement homes. Are they listening? Well, if they can, they do, but most are sitting in their seats and complaining how they can't hear anything. Hearing is overated. Stories are meant to be seen not just heard. (Find us on FACEBOOK)
When the opportunity came to review and share a new book entitled, "Show me a Story" featuring 40 craft projects and activities to spark children's storytelling, I jumped on the opportunity. Emily K. Neuburger shares tried and true activities for companion story projects. Everything is explained in great detail with templates and patterns to make your project go off without a hitch.
We've teamed up with Storey Publishing for a Blog Blast! Click here to see all of the wonderful blogs sharing story ideas and leave a comment below to have a chance at winning your very own copy of this fantastic book. You can also visit our Pinterest Pin it to Win it Online Scavenger Hunt for an additional chance to win. Just ask to join the hunt at the PURPLE PIN and start pinning the keywords for you chance to win. The pin with the most re-pins wins a copy of the book.
Here are some other great ways to bring a story to life ~ many taken right from the book:
Inspiration Laboratories has 50 Storytelling ideas from the KID BLOGGER NETWORK many are included in Show me a Story. Watch Deb from Teach Preschool sharing story stones and bags on the local news!
Beth from No Twiddle Twaddle has a fun idea to experience Kevin Henkes, Chrysanthemum stories.
Check our Pinterest Boards and Blog to see how we share stories throughout the year.