Once Upon a Time . . .
Create a story together while playing with toys.
Tip: Add details by asking questions like, who, what, when, where, and why.
Encourage your child to create a new story based on the images in a picture book.
Tip: If they prefer to retell the existing story in their own words, that’s okay too!
Encourage your child to create a story based on personal memories, or retell familiar folklore, fairy tales, and cultural stories.
Tip: Pay attention to vocabulary and to the beginning, middle and end.
Reference: Isbell, R., Sobol, J., Lindauer, L., & Lowrance, A. (2004). The Effects of storytelling and story reading on the oral language complexity and story comprehension of young children. Early Childhood Education Journal. 32(3), 157-163.
Why is this important?
Telling stories helps develop vocabulary and oral language skills, such as listening and speaking, while sparking imagination and curiosity.
Looking for more information?
Check out our resource all about Storytelling!