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Storytelling – the art of weaving magic with words!

Neha Gupta Mittal
3 to 7 years

Created by Neha Gupta Mittal
Updated on Jul 06, 2017

Storytelling the art of weaving magic with words

“Once upon a time, there was a king who had a beautiful princess……..” Hearing this, Jia rolled up her eyes into an imaginary thinking cloud, and started visualizing the kingdom and all its loveliness.

It is quite easy to get your child enthralled and absorbed in the magic of a storybook, as you read it out loud for your child. The young age of children, their inability to read and their limited exposure keeps them away from the wonders of a storybook. In the absence of a teller they try to put the pictures in the book together to figure out the good and the bad.

Storytelling as a schedule can aid in better grooming of your child and also helps in creating a lifelong bond between parents and child. Reading out a long story takes 15-20 min and a shorter one probably 10min, easily manageable and also this could be your privileged time with your child. If considered, taking 30 minutes from your busy schedule for your child should not be that much, as our grandparents and parents did it for us when we were children so why not for our children?

With an increased exposure to gadgets and television, the minds of our children are not getting the required stimulation they need at this age. And storytelling is just a way of aiding our children to think for themselves, as they try to imagine a world full of fairies, talking animals, and elves among other things. And if you want you may take the help of internet for sourcing some new and interesting stories everyday to share with your child during his bedtime.

Simple tips for good storytelling:

  • While you are reading the story be there mentally as well. Just shut out any other thoughts.
  • Use a little voice modulation and sounds to make it real for the little ones
  • Try to add some action as well as that would add to the flare while narrating a story
  • Read in English and then explain in your mother tongue, in case the child is not completely known to English
  • Pinpoint the various characters in the images to make it interesting
  • Spend a little more time on the moral of the story

For the children, the benefits extend far beyond we think. Some of them are:

  • It boosts their thought process and creative imagination
  • It improves the emotional bonding with parents
  • It helps them understand moral values at an early age
  • It enhances their vocabulary and communication skills
  • It improves their memory

The art of storytelling has existed since time immemorial and its charm is such that everybody gets engrossed in it. If you are reading out a story everyday to your child then be assured that you are raising a child who would forge a lifelong friendship with books. The interest in books will further enable them to explore more at their pace and according to their interest.

To conclude I would like to dwell upon the life lessons that I have taught my 5 year old through storytelling:

Classics

Lessons

Three Little pigs

Never trust sweet talking persons

Goldilocks and three bears

Listen to your parents

The Brahmin and the Mongoose

Never do anything in haste

The Pied Piper

Learn to keep your word

The Eagle and the Crow

Thoughtless imitation is foolish

 

And the list goes on……

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| Aug 03, 2017

Thanks Ji

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| Jul 24, 2017

thanks, really it's a play-way method to bring out a good child.

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| Jul 19, 2017

Thank you so much

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| Jul 16, 2017

thanks, it's a great help to bring up a good child.

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| Jul 16, 2017

thanks, it's a great help to bring up a good child.

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| Jul 16, 2017

thanks, it's a great help to bring up a good child.

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| Jul 11, 2017

thanks

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| Jul 08, 2017

thanks

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| Jul 07, 2017

thx

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| Jul 07, 2017

yes it's true, I have started telling stories and reading story books at the age of 2 and I was surprised after 3-4 days she is telling the story

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| Jul 06, 2017

Yes, I also feel like it's becoming a great bond between me n my son by telling story,but he need story about car and Train.. as these r his favorite toys, so I have to narrate something, n how to narrate new stories in this topic I don't know.

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| Jul 05, 2017

Thanks for this

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| Jul 03, 2017

thanks

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| Jul 03, 2017

Thank you for sharing. Honestly this really works.. We do this every day as bedtime story without fail from day 1. And I can see the level of Interest my daughter shows in Listening.... so curious. ..

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| Jul 03, 2017

Really v good idea..... my son like stories..

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| Apr 12, 2017

Very nice article.

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| Mar 19, 2017

this article is really useful... every one should try it... it really works..

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| Mar 11, 2017

definately vil try... very good idea for spending a quality tym with our kids...

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| Feb 11, 2017

It's a very helpful and nice article ..

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| Jan 31, 2017

dt's a very gud idea.. n I will try it definately

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| Jan 17, 2017

Thats a really nice idea.. i started using the trick before reading this article.. its quite helpful in making my baby roll down to bed and fast asleep..

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| Sep 15, 2016

yess! the perfect advice

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| Sep 02, 2016

Chandrakala... Please tell him that mumma is listening... You say all that you want to but when mumma starts the story don't interrupt

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| Aug 18, 2016

Even I tried telling stories to my son but firstly he has no patience to listen .In this case I try to handle him very patiently but in vain How to make him a good listener ? He interrupts in everything what we say

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| Mar 27, 2016

Hey swati , your idea of repeating a story is good but we have to change the names of characters and places so that it seems new to our children.

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| Feb 23, 2016

Hi Prachi, I have the same problem with my son. He wants a new story every night and that too the story should be long enough to put him to sleep. If he is still awake and the story ends, then there is a demand of another story, so what you may do is that one day you narrate a new story and the next day you repeat the old story. This way you will be able to satisfy both your children.

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| Feb 23, 2016

Yes.. My children's love listing stories.. daily night they want stories... But the problem is elder one want new story and young one wants same story again and again.. Please suggest...

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