Time to put your imagination to the test!

3rd February 2014
Time to put your imagination to the test!

It's National Storytelling Week (1st - 8th Feb), so the perfect opportunity to test your own story-telling powers one evening rather than reaching for a book.

Except conjuring up a story from scratch is surprisingly difficult (unless of course you're Roald Dahl, who first began writing for children after his daughter Olivia was born and he made up stories to tell her each night.)

So here are a few tips, and do let us know how you get on. It could be the start of a budding career as a children's author!


  • Use locations and characters that are relevant to the child. My son is obsessed with superheroes at the moment so a perfect story for him typically involves him transforming into a superhero who vanquishes the 'baddies'.

  • Give it some thought before starting the story. It's surprisingly difficult to keep the momentum going.

  • String the story out - so one instalment a night for a week. In the classic Charles Dickens style, end each 'chapter' on a cliff hanger!

  • Invite the child to contribute. So you could set the scene and then see where they take it. This is good for involving additional siblings and Dad/Grandparents with everyone taking a turn. Or they could make decisions along the way. Should the child take the left fork in the road or the right fork. Did the child stay in her bed as Mum asked or creep out?

  • Ask the child to come up with three things - a character, a location and an item and make this the basis of the story.

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27th February 2014 - John
I found this impossible to do so asked my son to tell me a story, but he didn't want to know. You don't have to go back many generations and story telling was part of our culture, but we seem to be losing that knack. I wonder if there's a more profound loss than just the enjoyment of sharing stories. Traditionally important information was passed on through stories - take The Bible for instance. You could argue that it still is - we much prefer narrative to fact ("never let facts get in the way of a good story") - but will our loss of story-telling abilities make it harder for us to tell the difference between story and fact?
18th May 2014 - Johng322
Thanks for the article, is there any way I can receive an email whenever you publish a new update?
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