Group interactive storytelling guide
Group storytelling is a great way to:
...make your homeschool or classroom writing curriculum more fun. Story telling with kids leads to more fun story writing for kids.
... reconnect as a family with everyone story telling as a group- kids and grown ups create a kids story for old-fashioned fun.
... group storytelling is a great way for friends and youth groups to participate in a fun activity together. A kids story they create together gets the storytellers laughing and sharing. Our story starters for kids and storytelling examples make it easy to start group storytelling anywhere.
Storytelling how to books for kids make storytelling easy
For a quick and easy way to get started as a group storytelling leader, read the Super Easy Storytelling book. With a simple formula, how-to-guide, and cliffhanger children's stories, you'll have the tools you need to guide a group through interactive storytelling.
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Read on for group interactive storytelling techniques.
Brainstorming story starters for kids
For young and older kids, brainstorming story starers helps the more tentative children get excited about sharing their kids story ideas. Using the Super Easy Storytelling formula, ask the kids first to share “Who” ideas, then “What”, then “Why not” ideas. (Hint: read the Super Easy Storytelling how to book for kids to make this super easy!)
For a more organized approach, have children write their story starter ideas on a piece of paper and hand them in. Mix the ideas up, and choose a “Who”, “What”, and “Why not” at random from the kids' story ideas. Kick the story off and let the storytelling children keep feeding new ideas into the story as you go.
For a more boisterous approach, have children call out ideas and write them on a board. Be sure first to ask for “Who”, then “What”, then “Why not”. As children get a feel for what a “Who” is from their friends’ ideas, more and more children will grasp the concept and participate. Once they understand “Who”, move on to “What”, then “Why not”. (Hint: if you don't know what a "Who", "What" and "Why not" is, read Super Easy Storytelling how to book for kids.)
This is better for elementary-age children and above as they are more confident in their story telling. Divide into groups of 4-6 people. Each storyteller takes a turn telling a short portion of the kids story, leaving the story on a cliffhanger for the next person to pick up.
Young and older children can participate in this type of interactive group storytelling. Throughout the story telling, a facilitator (usually the adult) asks for suggestions and weaves the story based on the suggestions the children make. Every time the story is different. Read the storytelling examples in the Super Easy Storytelling how to books for kids to see what types of questions to ask and how to steer the story. Feel free to let the children provide sound effects or act out portions of the kids story.