June 22, 1965- Storytelling gives confidence to a child’s imagination. Zadie and Fuller played “ghost hunters” today and it surprisingly ended with a summer time lemonade party. Strange play indeed but it was rich in storytelling and full of adventure and excitement as it unfolded. It crossed boundaries from adventure and ended with an imitation of everyday life. The kids were in complete control of the story and their experiences helped to write the script. They are the “Writers”, I am the audience…
When your child switches to the “Writer”, they move into the role of storyteller. Children happen to be natural storytellers. What seems like plain old fun is also developing social, language, and leadership skills that are important building blocks for kids. Storytelling builds confidence and allows kids to understand the world they live in. This type of play allows kids to test-drive their emotions at the same time as their creativity and that is a great workout for the brain!
The “Writer” loves to tell stories. They love secret plans, lemonade stands, and blanket fort headquarters. The “Writer” loves to play with friends, both real and imaginary. The “Writer” loves to create characters and imitate the world they live in.
When selecting toys for the “Writer” look for play sets that seed the story but don’t complete it. It’s the child’s job to finish or embellish the story. Some role-play toys are great for letting kids imitate everyday life, especially Mom and Dad. Dress up sets are great for more imaginative and fantasy play. When your kids dress up, encourage them to perform for you. A child that grows up performing will be more comfortable presenting or speaking in public as an adult.
Tips: Introduce group and social play around age 3. Cardboard boxes – they are the ultimate prop for storytelling. Keep old hats, costumes, sunglasses, and clothing for dress up fun. A dress up box is easily accessible and great for impromptu storytelling. Encourage your kids to put on performances at family gatherings. Play sets that imitate everyday life are great tools for storytelling.
Project Role Play: “The Lemonade Stand”
What your need: 1. Cups, Pitcher, and Spoon. 2. A table or cardboard box for the stand. 3. Imagination 4. Customers (kids or parents participation)
With summer time upon us, a Lemonade Stand is a great way to encourage role-playing. Kids love to build their own stand, make the drinks, and be the server for mom, dad, or friends. Encourage conversation to sharpen their storytelling and verbal skills. Using real or play money is a great way to reinforce the identification and calculation of money.
Tomorrow we check out The Inventor…