Now days, amidst the myriad apps and digital games, the importance of storytelling is retained by the virtue of eminent storytellers, interesting props and accessories. Somehow, we can't deny the innumerable benefits of storytelling , especially in the early childhood years. It has the power of calming our little ones' minds and shaping their overall personality.
Here are a few ways how we can make storytelling even more fun for kids:
1. We need 'Good' Stories:
First and foremost, we must expose our kids to a wide range of stories, instead of sticking to just one genre. There's no dearth of good stories, so it's time to dig the gold mine to find the types that your kid will take interest in.
2. Voice Modulation :
Kids are naturally sensitive to emotions. So, while narrating a story, add a bit of drama. Proper voice modulation ( i.e. increasing, lowering it or pausing for a second or even squeaking your voice and making funny noise) while narrating a story automatically engages the young listeners and makes them eager to listen carefully.
3. Make a Proper Introduction:
Instead of straightaway starting the story, try setting a scene in the kids' mind. Discuss about relevant incidents that will happen in the story, or talk about an item that will find in the story. For example: If you are narrating the Goldilocks story, you may talk to your kids about 'porridge' or 'bear' or may be 'curly, golden hair'. You could also show the kids a picture from the story and ask them to guess what's the story about.
4. Eye Contact :
Very very important. Try reading from a book in a flat tone. When you look up, the kids are already busy with something else. To make sure that doesn't and the kids are glued to the story, make frequent eye contact with the listeners.
5. Let them Choose their own Story:
Go book shopping with your kiddos ! Let them choose their own story. Later, narrate it at a suitable time. May be before bedtime, meal time or circle time. When the child knows that he is going to hear a story that he has picked, naturally he is interested in listening to it more than ever!
6. Interactive :
Make your storytelling session interactive. You will be surprised at the kind of question they ask or the explanations these little kids come up with. Once in a while, you may also ask a question or two to engage the listeners.
7. Prop Prop Props:
Props like hand puppets , related art and craft work etc. enhance a child's story experience. In fact, with these in place, the little ones take more interest in retelling the stories that they hear.
When kids truly enjoy a story, they are always keen to express it in their own way. This will further prepare them voicing their thoughts and eradicate fear of public speaking, if any.