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.
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.
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.
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