When we tell our own imaginative stories a whole new world opens up. Sometimes they can be a bit tricky to begin so here are 20 story starters to help. What kind of story will you tell – A long story, a short story, a story that takes place in a faraway land, a story right here at home, a story filled with bright colours and mysterious characters and all kinds of unexpected things.
Storytelling with Children by Nancy Mellon
“Many people are surprise at that young children what them to make up stories. Yet it doesn’t take long to realise how meeting their need for stories creates a sense of warmth, family & community. This book has been written to stimulate your direct experience of the wise and benevolent creative forces which, however dormant, are in each and every one of us.”
This is a fascinating and inspiring book for teachers, parents or carers of children, as well as creative writers and students of literature. ‘This beautifully written and wise book taps into a deep source, the spring of imagination. The author […] gives very helpful examples of certain stories particularly well-suited to different ages, explaining how each matches and reflects the child’s developing consciousness. If you have anything to do with children, buy this book. If you have anything to do with yourself, buy it as well.” — Matthew Barton, New View, summer 2007