New year, new school term and new chances to use the imagination.
At Stories and More we are always looking for new ways to help a child grow their imagination, through the art of storytelling. Our team of highly experienced storytellers have been busy over the festive period, updating and creating workshops that are, not only the first steps in encouraging children to be vocal with their ideas, learn how easy and important storytelling is, but also making sure they are jam packed with fun.
With world book day happening in March it’s a wonderful opportunity for books to be brought to life, so what better way to do this than with Stories and More.
We pride ourselves on the ability to pick upon the smallest suggestion from a child and take them on a full blown adventure.
We don’t want to get too deep this early on in the year, but it’s so important to encourage a child’s imagination and help them realise their full potential. The smallest interaction can make the biggest impact. So, think outside the box and give your child something that they can talk about …. give them a story.
World book day lands on Thursday 2nd March this year, if you would like to book us for your school for a time leading up to, on or around this date – do get in touch!
Here at Stories and More we pride ourselves on our storytelling, but why do we do it? Why do we think that it is so important for a young child’s growth?
For generations Storytelling has been a part of our culture, a way of entertaining, touching emotions or to inform. But it also sparks imagination and with that comes creativity, a feeling that anything is possible, you can be anyone, do anything because you can imagine it being so. This in turn helps with confidence, a way of helping those shy children express themselves without feeling like they are ‘doing it wrong’.
Children are experts at visualising a world that you have described and they will enjoy adding the finishing touches to it. Maybe a character you hadn’t yet thought of, or a river around the corner that you didn’t know was there. Their minds are incredible and far more superior in the world of imagination then us grown ups. As we grow we don’t tend to use this part of our brain, we swap it for the TV, video games, work and facts of everyday life. So we forget how to use it, how to imagine the impossible.
So isn’t it more important than ever to encourage children to embrace all this while they can? Build their confidence with ‘yes you’re right’ and ‘what a fantastic idea’ instead of the ‘don’t be silly’ and ‘not right now’. Spend that time storytelling with them, let them lead you into your imagination and I am sure you will be surprised at what they come up with.
This is why we do what we do, because this time of a child’s life is precious and if storytelling helps to make the most of it then shouldn’t we all be doing it?
Every Summer Buckinghamshire Libraries invite Stories and More in to run our interactive story sessions.
Last week, we visited Amersham and Chesham libraries and had a wonderful time with all the children that attended. The rest of the library is closed so we can make as much noise as we want, which is always lots of fun! Together, with the children, we created a brand new story all based around Roald Dahls books, which is this years reading challenge theme, it was brilliant.
Sessions like these are so important for children, it’s a chance to let them be themselves and make new friends by interacting with new children they have never met before. It’s wonderful to see them being so confidence and wanting to get up, to play characters, in front of complete strangers.
A library is a magical place for a child, it is a place where they know it is ok to sit and wonder through their imaginations, read and connect with wonderful stories. It’s so important that we support our local libraries and attend the events they hold for children and young ones to keep them going. Getting books out from the library is a great way to keep reading fresh for your children, every night they could be reading a new book, without spending out on hundreds of books that sit on the shelf for years. Instead they could be excited about searching the library for their next adventure!
The easiest thing we can offer a child is chance to use their imagination and help it grow, so why not check out your local library and start this today.