My daughters have actually been reading quite a few fairy tale chapter books lately. There is something about fairy tales and fables that is always appealing to children.
When my youngest daughter came across the book “Clemency Pogue, Fairy Killer” by JT Petty and illustrated by Will Davis I wasn’t sure what this book would be about. After reading this intriguing book, I discovered that storytelling plays an important role in the book. The main character is Clemency and her family likes to sit around telling stories. Sharing stories is a wonderful way for the family to connect.
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When Clemency is attacked by an evil fairy, she remembers the tale of Peter Pan, as her father had told her one evening. The memory of the story is what saves Clem’s life and takes her on an incredible journey…you have to read the book to find out what happens. At the end of the book, Clem returns home and tells her family all about her adventure.
Storytelling is a wonderful activity for children. Whether it is retelling something that they experienced or imagining an entirely new story. Telling stories is how generations of people have carried their heritage over centuries.
Without storytelling, history would not be nearly as interesting or informative. However, sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. I’ve put together some fun storytelling prompts for kids and turned them into an easily accessible game of sorts.
Tell Me A Story – Storytelling Prompts for Kids
Finally, find some time to sit down with your family and have each person pull a storytelling prompt from the jar.
Gather around and spend some time creating and listening to stories together.
When we gave this activity a try, I discovered that it helps to have a few key questions on hand in case the storyteller becomes stuck.
what did you see?
what did you hear?
what did you smell?
who else is there?
what does the room/space look like?
how do you feel?
where did you go?
Since there is no writing involved, this activity can be enjoyed by children of all ages. My girls loved taking turns telling stories and when they got stuck, they helped each other out. Building and sharing stories as a family is great fun.
Extend the learning...
If your children are older feel free to use these prompts to spark creative writing ideas. Finding ways to start kids thinking about creative writing is fantastic.
We also love this book, with story blocks, as a way to inspire storytelling for kids.
How to Tell A Story by Daniel Nayeri
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