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Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling Paperback – August 28, 2012
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“Parents, teachers, and child-care providers will find plenty of inspiration in these projects, and children will enjoy using them in their creative pursuits.”
“Low on tech, high on terrific”
“Have you ever thought about combining craft projects and story telling? What an ingenious idea!”
“This book is truly a great resource”
“What memories and people – especially families – are all about: stories (both true and imagined), told and retold within groups of people. This is an official rave.”
“Each craft project is presented in an easy-to-follow way, with colorful photographs of the adorable and fun-looking projects.”
“Emily K. Neuburger’s guide to inspiring storytelling in children welcomes readers as easily as a mother on a playground. … the book makes storytelling simple … Show Me a Story is a necessary book for parents, educators, and those who might be searching for new ways to spark the creativity of young people.”
“A must-have book for parents and teachers, this amazing book is full of creative ideas to develop a child’s storytelling skills. From story stones to picture tales to story maps, your children’s imagination will blossom as they enjoy the activities listed in this book. Regardless of their reading level, this book is a great tool for developing reading comprehension, sequence, characters, setting, plot, and so much more.”
“Unique and beautiful … this book can be the beginning of endless hours of creativity for both kids and the grown-ups who spend time with them.”
“Public and school libraries will want this rich, innovative craft book in their collections.”
Winner of a 2012 Family Choice Award
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More About the Author
She has contributed to Family Fun Magazine and authored their Everyday Fun blog on Parents.com. Many of her projects for children have been published across the web on popular sites such as Poppytalk, Apartment Therapy, Crafty Crow, Makezine/Craftzine, and in both Family Fun and Parenting print magazines.
Top Customer Reviews
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She offers projects like story disks, dice, grab bags, blocks and stones that get creative juices flowing to start inventing new worlds and adventures.
After a story (or three) is created, she provides projects that let kids "play" with what they wrote. From puppet theaters and stage set pieces to maps and story jars - her ideas are impressive and inspirational. As I read through, I marked many pages of projects I wanted to do with my kids and other home school kids in my circle.
One of the best things about Show Me a Story is the wide age range the activities accommodate. Most of the projects have an appeal from preschoolers to middle schoolers with slight variations and adjustments. I have already marked several writing games to play with the young writers' workshop I host.
I highly recommend this book for any home schooler, crafty parent or teacher. In fact, this would be a fabulous gift for your child's teacher, scout leader or Sunday school teacher.
One of my girls struggles with creative writing and we have already used some of the art she has made with the book's guidance, as a tool to help her sequence her story, as well as add more description. She is also a tactile learner, so being able to feel, hold, arrange and stare at a representation of the objects she is trying to describe in her writing, has been an enormous help. For the first time, she is actually enjoying writing in her at-home journal! Whether you are a parent, teacher, in-home tutor or anyone working with children, this book will be an invaluable resource to you.
Children love to make up stories with their toys, friends and in play. This book helps make a regular and thoughtful pattern of it. While it's meant for adults to do with children, a lot of the activities will work with children of all ages.
The craft projects include cards, decorated rocks to work as figures, small paper puppets and creating small scenes. One of my favorite things in the book is the number of projects that are portable so you can make up stories on long car trips or any place else you might have to sit quietly.
My favorite projects are very interactive, and use storytelling prompts like decorated dice. It turns storytelling into a fun game and conversation starter. Also the part about exploring with a camera and a notebook to collect things to turn into a story is a very good one.
The author also talks about the basic structure of a good story, having a beginning, middle and end, and ways to help develop that part of a story.
They are easy projects, they don't require that you have to be an artist to do them. The author has taught creative writing and used some of these techniques with high school students. While it's aimed for children, the writing prompts and exercises will also work with adults, and can be used as a great problem solving tool or communication tool.
My family has been putting some of these ideas into practice and it is a lot of fun for the whole family. The book is well-written with clear language and ideas.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome! As an art therapist, teacher and children services in training, love the resources.Published 2 months ago by Vivienne
Great book for teachers who love to let the students create and build and differentiate instruction!Published 6 months ago by Amanda C. Clarke
Great ideas! I am a kindergarten teacher and I am always looking for creative ways to incorporate storytelling by me and my students into our day.Published 7 months ago by Javier E. King
This compact book has a range of ideas to spark the imagination about storytelling. Informative and creative storytelling techniques are outlined in detail. Excellent resource.Published 10 months ago by Alison
This is so inspiring I am excited to start doing the activities!! My boys are hands on learners, so I think this will fit right into our school day.Published 13 months ago by rebeka heames