Children love stories, and you can be one of the beloved people in their lives who tell stories in a manner that will keep them coming back for more.
Story telling is an art of using body language, and words, adding actions, and knowing when to pause to let the suspense build. Even when a child has heard the story before, you can keep them wondering if the story will change.
A pause at the right moment can extend the anticipation and build the excitement.
The tempo of your words should follow the story line. Faster as you build to exciting parts, and slower during more dramatic parts. If you are telling about skipping down a lane, then you will vary your speed to match the happiness of skipping without a care. If your character is frightened then your words should be slow gradually getting faster as you reach the climax.
Your volume should be varied as well, again matching it to the story you are telling. Dropping down to almost a whisper and then soaring to fill the room. You don’t want to be predictable; you want your speed, and volume to add to the excitement of the story.
“Then I’ll huff and I’ll puff,
Till I blow your house in!”
Using props to help tell the story will aid your younger listeners in following the story line. Use a hand puppet or two, and maybe a pot, or a drum, a cape to throw over your puppet. Your props don’t need to be elaborate, but they need to convey an important part of the story to your fans.
House built of Straw, Wood & Brick
It’s important to know your story well. Even if you are using a book and reading to your audience, you will need to know the story so that you can add your pauses and dramatic embellishments at the right time.
Involve the children in the story, ask them questions, would you be scared, what will the pig do next?
Knock- Knock- Knock- Who’s at the door?
A Big Bad Wolf
This keeps them interested, and involved. You are trying to build their imaginations so they don’t see you sitting there what they see in their minds is the wolf chasing the three little pigs down the road.
With a little bit of practice you can have your young relatives, and friends clamoring to have you tell them a story, even if they have heard the same story countless times before.
Story telling sessions are not just fun but also increase comprehension, improve language fluency, and children get to learn new words with every new story.