Everyone is a storyteller! When my daughter was little, quite some time ago, I would absolutely blank when asked to tell a story. I had an amazing childhood all over Alaska and Colorado moving practically every year and having crazy adventures. I should have a treasure trove of stories just screaming to come out, right? Nope. I still just couldn't form any of my memories or thoughts about any of it into an actual story. Part of it was confidence and part of it was, well, I'm not sure - maybe the busy life that sapped me of any energy that may be otherwise left, especially by the time bedtime comes along? We all have stories in us. The first thing to do is to simply notice how this child is looking at you after you say the words "Once Upon a Time...". He or she will be looking at you with utter belief and trust in your ability to enthrall him or her or them with WHATEVER you come up with. This is how you will learn. They will help you. Twelve Little Tales will help you. It will be great fun. And if you have already found your incredible storyteller within, we will just have great fun!
How to use Twelve Little Tales
Whether you receive the Tales digitally and use them on your device or print them or receive them in the mail, you will have the same opportunity for endless storytelling! •First read the Starter Tale- just once or every day or anything in between. •The Starter Tale sets the stage - or the forest, or the village, or the distant land. - so you know where you are and have a good place to begin to imagine from. •Then someone can pick a card! This will lead you down a path in that same forest or village or distant land... and you will then continue telling the tale. •There are literally endless ways your tale could go - and all of them will delight your little people - and you too! •It is amazing to watch a child simply be transfixed by their adult's beautiful (anything you say will be beautiful to them) imagination.
The 12 Little Tale Cards are there to prompt you in continuing your Tale. They are like tiny story-starters themselves. When you or your child chooses a card, you may choose the same card you've had before and have the opportunity to tell a different Tale from the same little starter. There are an infinite amount of stories that can come of each card. You may include things special to you and your children. You may choose to tell a tale incorporating something that your child has been struggling with, such as, teeth brushing, bad dreams or troubles with friends. Or you may just want to laugh and tell silly stories :) This is an opportunity to be completely present in a world full of opportunities not to be. This is a way to create magic and special moments and to start a make storytelling a part of your lives. If you have trouble thinking of what to say, think of the weather or seasonal details - warm sun, crunchy leaves, soft mist... smells - fragrant flowers, wet forest, salty sea air... sounds - barking dogs, children laughing, the tiny sound of butterfly wings. You may tell the story in a normal voice and switch to a whisper at the appropriate time in the story or when you wish to bring the children in a bit further. Trust yourself! You will get really good at this with practice and even a few minutes can bring so much pleasure to you and your littles. Happy Storytelling!