How to tell a story - storytelling with children
Storytelling 101- tip number one
Storytelling with children - start with simple, familiar things
Ok, maybe you don’t take your tea on a mushroom BUT I bet you can talk about tea. How it was a little bit hot when whoever was drinking it took the first sip or how the steam rose up in the shape of a...(what shape would it be in your story?) or how it was chilly out and (insert tea drinker) warmed his or her hands around the tea cup. Maybe there was a little snack with the tea and maybe someone had gotten up very early, just like the baker, and made the special treat and maybe the treat or snack is something you made recently in your home as well.
The actual prompt card from the October Tale with this image says this: Sitting around mushroom and toadstool tables they took their tea. The tea is made of flower petals and spices from the lands of summer and even further away than that. It reminded little summer gnome, for a minute, of home, but she was having so much fun... This conjures many images, doesn’t it? But if you start with what you know - simple, familiar things - you will find yourself weaving a Tale with magic and adventure in no time. It doesn’t have to be long, each card doesn’t have to be a whole story - but it can be if that’s what happens. There are an infinite number of possibilities that can come with each Tale. Yours will be perfect.
Twelve Little Tales is a project to spread the art of storytelling far and wide.