So what story can you tell your little one? The possibilities are endless. Here are a few to help you get started.
1. Make your child the protagonist
If you are running out of ideas, this will come to your rescue. True it will test your creativity, and might even be a trifle difficult initially, but it will open up huge possibilities. You can send him to fairy lands, talk about his hobbies, and make him have super powers or simply teach about good traits.
2. Story of a personality
Read biographies about famous people from different walks of life. Pick up interesting snippets from there and tell your child about it. Word it simply and tell interestingly. It could be about planets and Galileo or even how Florence Nightingale’s singing.
3. Stories from your childhood
Tell your little one stories from your childhood. Incidents which are funny come with learning or just something which has left a happy memory within you. Back it up with pictures from albums or even any trinkets and memorabilia which you might have with you. It will give you an opportunity to tell them more about their roots, their culture and their extended family as well.
4. Tales about mythological characters
Let your kids into the world of mythology across the globe. Be that India, Greece or Egypt. For example, stories from the epics Ramayana and the Mahabharata; Sindbad the sailor or the pharaohs of Egypt. They make lovely stories to tell children. And they also help the kids to get an understanding about world culture and about life of the past centuries
5. Fairy tales
Children are almost always intrigued by magic, fairies, pixies and even beasts and witches. The importance of these stories lies in the fact that in the end the good always triumphs over the evil. These are stories like Cinderella, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel etc
6. A Parable
Stories about Gautam Buddha and Akbar and Birbal from India are not only intelligent but also come with a moral, told very simply. The same holds for the thousands of stories from the Arabian Nights – beautifully woven, enchanting and witty.
The first thing that comes to mind is the x. Kids love talking animals and birds. The c is another example. It blends human and animal characters beautifully and imparts important values to kids.
8. Nursery Rhymes
Instead of reciting it, turn it into a nice story. Then recite the poem to the child. It will help him to understand it better. And this will speed up the process of him learning it as well. You can try the book Richard Scarry’s Best Mother Goose by Richard Scarry. For the older ones, find out more trivia about the rhyme and add it to your story. For example Humpty Dumpty is probably about the fall of Chichester in 1648 or the overweight king, Charles 1 who was beheaded the following year.
9. Picture Books
These are books like Quick as a Cricket by Don and Audrey Wood. These are more for the younger kids who don’t understand the concept of words as yet. But they do love big and colourful pictures. These can also be participation books where the children will listen to the story and perform some action like jumping, laughing etc. These include books like Spot Goes to the Park by Eric Hill and Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan CauleryGo through such books with them and tell them a story. You can use pictures from magazines, albums etc to cook up your own stories. Keep the short and animated.
So go on and indulge yourself and your little one is some fun story telling session today.