This week is National Storytelling Week. To celebrate the wonders of storytelling in the early years we have put together a few storytelling ideas that you can do at home with your child.
The benefits of story time
Reading stories to young children has a whole wealth of benefits not just for their learning journey but also for their emotional wellbeing.
Storytelling helps children to get to know different sounds and words and helps them to develop their language skills. It also aids the development of their brain as well as their ability to focus, concentrate and communicate.
Making story time fun
Using models, puppets or dolls when reading with your child to act out different parts of the story helps to spark their curiosity and imagination.
Encourage your child to create their own versions of stories, giving them freedom to choose what happens and what props they use to tell the story. Do not limit the props to plastic toys, give them the freedom to use everyday household items (making sure that it is safe to do so) and natural items from outside.
When reading stories to your child ask them what they think should happen and how they think the story should end.
However you choose to enjoy story time with your child, making it a fun experience will help to keep children engaged, ensuring that they get the maximum benefit for their development.