Create your own Children Story - Tips and guidance

Co founder stated "With nearly a decade of working closely with young adults and children supporting them maintain strong bonds through story time and also other educational activities, I have attended and played a large part in Oral Storytelling workshops. These classes aim to build people's confidence and show that any one can make up their own stories for their children or family".

Below are several tips for creating your own story that may help.
  • Add the child / children's name into the story. This not only makes the child feel special as the story involves them, it also helps strengthen the attention span. For example, "Jacob woke up when the birds began to sing outside,he yawned, stretched and jumped out of his bed, with a huge smile on his face! Jacob had been looking forward to his adventure all week".
  • Plan an outline of the story. For example, a day out at the zoo. Click here for an example
  • If you prefer, write a story of a recent day out you have had with the children. Click here for an example
  • Does you the child have a pet or a favourite toy? Include this into the story. Click here for an example
  • Think about who you want to include in the story? For example Aunty Sarah or maybe best friend Frank
  • Add daily routines into the story. For example, Brushing teeth, cleaning face.
  • Try to include numbers into the story, For example, Arthur chose three apples for his picnic basket and one orange. Edith picked five blueberries and one cheese sandwich.
  • Include colours to the story, they don't always have to be realistic. You could say "Adam saw a pink elephant at the zoo....." This is fun and aims to get the child to question the sentence. The stories don't have to be serious!
  • Always end the story on a happy note with happy memories. For example " Oliver couldn't wait to tell his Aunty Michelle about his day out, but as soon as his head hit the pillow he fell into a deep sleep... Aunty Michelle would have to wait until the next day to hear all about the exciting adventure"
  • At the end of the story, why not ask some questions. For example, How many monkeys did Arthur see at the zoo? What did Oliver pack for his picnic? What colour Frisbee did Buddy the dog have at the park? These questions will help the child take in the information. It doesn't matter if you have to go back through the book, it is all part of encouraging reading and improving literacy and listening skills.