Active Storytelling: 100 Days of Play

Active Storytelling-Mud Hut Mama

When I signed up for the 100 Days of Play Blog Hop, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. Storytelling has always been a part of our family play but recently it has gotten much more active. My husband started it all by telling the girls made up stories about themselves. They always begin with “Once upon a time in the magical land of Majete there were two princesses.” When the girls were younger they would bring us empty notebooks and ask for a story, knowing that if the book had no writing the story would definitely feature them, but as they grew older they started participating in the stories and acting them out. “No Dada I want the one where I ride the pterodactyl, not the lappet-faced vulture,” Boo will cry from her swing that may look like a horse but is generally not. As you can see in the photo above, Boo carries all her equipment with her so she is prepared for whatever mission lies ahead. Kooks often decides that she doesn’t want to be a princess, “I’m Diego (from Go, Diego, Go) and I’m going super fast on my quad to save an animal in trouble,” she’ll shout as she whizzes by on her bike. Diego then gets incorporated into the story as does the animal in trouble.

Storytelling-Riding a Quad-Mud Hut Mama

Mostly the stories are just for fun but we’ve also used them to instill our family values. They often include a wicked witch who has come to cut down our trees and the girls shout at the top of their lungs, “we speak for the trees and you are not going to cut them down you wicked witch!” The girls have learned the names of some local birds and trees through stories and characteristics of some of the wildlife we have around the house. Our storytelling generally happens first thing in the morning or last thing before bed so we are often in our pajamas but sometimes we raid the dress up box to get a little more into character.

Storytelling Dress Up-Mud Hut Mama

Active storytelling has become a favorite pastime for all of us. It is free, you can do it anywhere and the entire family can participate and enjoy.

What is your favorite way to play with your kids?

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7 Responses to “Active Storytelling: 100 Days of Play”

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  1. Lisa Nelson says:

    Ahhhh, you are back! Welcome back! It’s so nice to see you.

    I hope everything went well and you are settled into your new life.

    Thanks for this post. I love how your girls would get blank books so that you would tell interesting stories about them. It’s so cute! I am sure they will cherish the memories of you and your husband telling stories!

    Today, the kids and I are listing to Daria Wold Music and making instruments!

  2. Heather says:

    How was the trip? And your new place?

  3. I love this post! Storytelling is one of the things I am looking forward to most doing with my daughter once she gets language all figured out!

  4. Yay!! I was hoping to see a post from you soon. Love your story-telling adventures.

  5. Love how you’ve used your post to tell us a very active story about your family! I love the photos and your descriptions make the girls jump right off the page. We love storytelling, too. My son usually asks me to tell stories about whatever he’s doing at the moment: “Make up a story about me eating spaghetti.” Luckily he’s not much into the plot right now, just the scenarios :)

  6. Rachel says:

    Stories can be so much fun to act out! A great way to extend the learning, and it is always fun to see how the kids interpret the story, isn’t it?!! A great post! Thanks for sharing in our 100 Days of Play! Your post has been linked and will soon be shared at SunScholars!

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