My sons, and myself for that matter, are almost always ready to hear a good story and are thrilled with the adventures found at Sparkle Stories, which are great for long car rides. For shorter stories, we turn to Usborne's Farmyard Tales.
In a previous post, I wrote about using moving pictures as visual aids in tellng stories. This summer while sitting around a campfire, I found that my boys want to hear a story and help create the story itself. My oldest is learning that there is a beginning, middle, and end to each story and I am working on being more observant so I can add more "color" to my stories. Sometimes this just involves stopping to simply feel, hear and see my surroundings and take it all in so I can use it in a story that my children can get lost in.
To help them get involved in the storytelling, I make story dice. I begin the story, setting up the plot then the children roll the dice and I change the story according to what the roll brings, or they take over the story. Story dice are great inspiration when I find myself searching for direction on spontaneous stories.
Want to make your own story dice? It is a simple project that can encourage hours of storytelling fun.
First, find several wood blocks. (I found 5 to be a good number that is not overwelming for the storyteller.) If your child already has a wood block set, just use some of the small square ones or you can purchase them at a craft store. Since little hands will be playing with them, use sandpaper to smooth out rough edges or possible splinters.
Next, list one theme for each block and 6 subthemes to decorate your blocks:
Here are some ideas:
Weather: sun, rain, rainbow, clouds, moon, wind (a cloud blowing swirls)
Landscapes: mountain, cave, pond, rainbow, forest, flower field
Animals: bird, deer, dog, cat, bear, rabbit
People: boy, girl, adult man, adult woman, fairy, gnome
Fairy Tales: castle, prince, princess, unicorn, knight, dragon
Transportation: car, boat, train, hot air baloon, bicycle, horse