Super Easy Storytelling  for kids formula, Step 1

 

Ready to tell a silly story? It's super easy. All you need is a Who + What + Why Not to get a story started.

 

Storytelling for kids made easy with a simple storytelling formula

 

Who

Super Easy Storytelling Formula

A Who is Who the story should be about. It can be anything- a person, a magical creature, an object, an animal. Look around the room for some inspiration. See a toy, a thing, a pet? You can create a story about any of them when you combine a Who with a What and a Why Not.


Examples of a "Who":

A Person: Grandpa, a boy, a girl, super stinkboy, a diabolical baby, a police officer, a scientist


An Animal or Insect: Tiger, hippo, spider, shark, ladybug, starfish, puppy, ant eater


A Fantasy Creature: Wizard, unicorn, fairy, dragon, ghost, elf, alien, a misunderstood Cracken


An Object: Tea pot, car, toy, guitar, pair of socks, super hero cape, a child's homework


To tell a spontaneous story with kids, ask the kids for ideas, or for more examples see our story prompts.

What

Super Easy Storytelling Formula for storytelling with kids

A What is what the main character (the Who) wants. Every plot starts with someone wanting something. What would your Who want? It could be to do something, to be something, or to overcome an obstacle. It can be ordinary, or outrageous-- and when it comes to kids, a story based on an outrageous goal is lots more fun. For example, a hippo who wants to be a ballerina or a snowman who wants to overcome his fear of snowflakes makes for a funny story.


Examples of a "What":

Wants to become something: A dancer, a famous chef, a super hero, an ice cream billionaire, queen of the hill

Wants to do something: Win a race, bake a cake, take over the world, invent something, find buried treasure, be the first to travel to a new planet

Wants to overcome an obstacle: Conquer a fear of snowflakes, cross Lake Slime-a-lot, escape from a dragon's belly, be the first female Sumo wrestler


Ask your kids for inspiration, or for more examples see our story prompts.

Why Not

Super Easy Storytelling Formula for storytelling with kids

A Why Not? is why the main character ( the Who) of the storycan't have what he wants (the What). This is the start of your story plot-- character wants something but can't get it. The Why Not can be another character (a bad guy) an external obstacle (something is in his way) or an internal obstacle (a fear or inability). Don't worry if your story plot is unrealistic or doesn't even make much sense.You're telling a fun story with kids- it's supposed to be silly.

Examples of "Why Not":

Another character is trying to stop your Who: An evil ladybug, a dragon, a band of Lord of the Rings reenactors... anything from the Who list will do.

An external obstacle is in the way: A pit of slime, loses his magic wand, car won't start, a runaway train, gets trapped in a castle turret, minion revolution

An internal obstacle is in the way: Character doesn't know how, is clumsy, is scared, has an attack of the hiccups


Ask your kids for inspiration, or for more examples see our story prompts.

Who + What + Why Not = A Fun Story

Now that you have a Who (main character) and What + Why Not (a plot) put them together to start telling your story.

Here are a few quick examples from the Who, What, and Why Nots shown above. Remember, the more outrageous the combinations, the more fun the story. For more examples, see our story prompts.


Who + What + Why Not Ideas

Storytelling story idea for kids

An alien + wants to be the first from his planet to travel to Earth, + but his minions sabotage his on-board navigation.

Storytelling story idea for kids

A finicky wizard wants to escape from a dragon's belly, but a pool of slime is in the way.

Storytelling story idea for kids

A child's homework just wants to relax in his child's backpack, but a puppy won't leave it alone.

Storytelling story idea for kids

A unicorn wants to win a skiing race but she's afraid of snowflakes.

Storytelling step-by-step guide

Ready for more? Move on to Step 2 - Describe your character and Step 3- Add action.

 

Storytelling for kids made easy - Step 2

 

Storytelling for kids made easy Step 3