An activity that my kiddos really love is what I call, What’s Your Story? Sit in a circle or at a table where you can have eye contact with each child. I usually start with a song just to get the kids paying attention and all on the same page. Even my one year olds will come and sit on the floor with us when we start to sing. I start off the story telling by beginning with a sentence like; “The big bad wolf was coming to town and….”. I the touch the child next to me, or hand off something to them like a wooden spoon, to signify it’s their turn to finish the sentence. It’s then handed to the next child after each child has said their part. Today it went something like this;
The big bad wolf was coming to town and…. He fell down! (this is illustrated with a demonstration) …He said I’ll knock your house down!...So he huffed and he puffed and scooped up a little pig….then he climbed up on top and fell down!...and cracked his head and went to the hospital…then he decide to leave because he wasn’t having fun……he fell down and went to the hospital…. he got a big big bandage on his head….it was so big he couldn’t see cause it was all over his head…. the wolf was tired and his head hurt so he……he went outside and said little pig little pig and I’ll knock your house down.….then he fell down!...... he hurt his knee and couldn’t walk…..he really wanted to go home and go to bed so he started walking home and…..when he got there he fell down! (still being illustrated with a demo)
And so the story went. It is a time for creative thinking, imagination and learning to take turns and listen. Of course it is a time for hilarity and all the silliness you can muster. But it is a good bonding time and memory making time too. This is something you could also do in the car. I like sitting with them and having the eye contact the best though. I believe the kids really feel you are interested in them and care about them this way when you are eye to eye. Try it, you will be glad you did.
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