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Balloons Help Kids’ Stories Take Off

Children love balloons, which of course explains why a children’s birthday party is rarely complete without a bunch of brightly colored, helium-filled bubbles of kid delight straining to escape their earthly tethers. And especially for younger kids, balloons make for great storytelling fun. Not only can they fly anywhere, but it’s easy to fantasize their taking a kid or two along for the ride.
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Sports Stories Kids Love

Adults watch sports events to see who wins and loses. By contrast, kids, especially younger ones, care more about the process than who comes out on top. For example, I once coached a nine-year-old girls softball team in a league where the policy was not to announce the score until after the game was over. Although our team lost 10 to 1, every girl
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Mystery Stories Are Fun for Kids

From age two to 102, we humans are fascinated by mystery stories. It’s as if wanting to know who done it, how and why are baked into our genes. As adults, a riveting mystery tale almost always involves the ultimate taboo, murder most foul. But for children, a mystery focused on death by misadventure is usually less interesting (and possibly more disturbing) than is
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Children’s Storytelling: The Fantasy Life

Child, or adult, we all have moments when we would like to step out of our seemingly mundane lives and embrace a new, different and more exciting one. Whether we imagine ourselves in another century, on a new planet or just around the corner in possession of a new identity, fantasizing about walking a fresh path can create a powerful narrative. When telling a
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True Stories About Animals

It’s fun and easy to tell children stories about animals with human characteristics—a talking teddy bear, a detective dog who writes reports or a toad who drives a motor car on the high road as in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. But many children are also curious about the real lives of real animals. Surprisingly often fascinating real life animal stories can
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The Joy of Free Stories

It’s hardly news that in the last few years school library budgets have everywhere stagnated or shrunk, with many schools closing their library doors entirely. Against this background I find it puzzling that more budget challenged librarians don’t find creative ways to use more low cost or even free materials instead of continuing to act as if the expensive, and often very ordinary, product
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Scary Stories About Lions, Wolves and Bears

In North America, we have just three land-based predators worthy of a hair raising story—mountain lions, wolves and bears. Clever coyotes can be fun story fodder, but they aren’t quite big and fierce enough to be truly scary unless you’re a rodent or new born lamb. Moose, bison, and elk can of course have their frightening moments, but it’s hard to tell a hummer-thriller
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Create A Puppet Theatre To Encourage Kids To Tell Stories

Bonding with your children by telling them stories is a wonderful way to enrich your relationship. Having them bond with you by creating and telling stories on their own is even more special. As discussed in my blog post Hand Puppets Add Fun To Children’s Stories, using a hand or sock puppets is a great way to add drama to your storytelling as well
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Nursery Rhymes in Children’s Storytelling

The very best time to begin telling stories to your little ones is right now. Just as it’s never too late to begin a family storytelling tradition, it’s never too soon. If you are lucky enough to have a new infant in your family, what are you waiting for? For babies, storytellers down through the ages have begun their careers by singing little rhyming
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Kid’s Storytelling: Confront the Fear of Failure

We all fail often and we all hate to fail. Adults typically deal with these unhappy truths by avoiding activities they are poor or inexperienced in. Thus, it will be no easy thing to try to convince a 60 year old to learn the Lindy Hop or balance on a pogo stick. But almost by definition youngsters don’t have enough experience to avoid the
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