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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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This collection invites children between the ages of 5 and 12 to create stories about their everyday lives and imaginings. Divided into four sections ("story starters," "story evolution," "story activities," and "story play"), the book provides a variety of projects to make and use. Each one includes a list of materials, clear step-by-step instructions, teaching tips, and other ideas that can be adapted for younger or older children. Bright photographs feature boys and girls engaged in each activity. Story prompts painted on wooden disks and worn as necklaces; a pretend neighborhood created with wood, paper, and craft foam; a story terrarium in a glass jar; and a traveling puppet theater with tongue-depressor puppets are among the projects. A reference desk game provides information, a time-line mural promotes sequencing, and word lists inspire characters and settings. Outside activities encourage children to observe and think like storytellers, and their stories-whether written or told-come together. With binoculars and treasure maps from their adventure kits, they can experience the stories they have created. Back matter includes templates and puppet-theater backdrops. Public and school libraries will want this rich, innovative craft book in their collections.-Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TNα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Best Picks winner in Dr. Toy's 2012 Best Children's Products Program
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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.”
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“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.”
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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. It's one that I don't just recommend to parents and people who take care of small children, because a lot of the exercises will work well with tweens and young adults. I also think (hope!) the tips in here will make me a better blogger.
[I received a complimentary copy of the book to review on my craft blog- Don't Eat the Paste. My reviews are always my honest opinion]
I particularly enjoyed the discussion regarding the benefits of storytelling for a child's development, and the many suggestions to help adults to encourage and participate in the process. Beyond the 40 specified activities, the author provides numerous additional ideas for inspiring outings and creative play activities to expand a child's world.
Lastly, the the lay-out of the book is noteworthy. It has great visual appeal, incorporating beautiful photographs and colorful illustrations.
Instructions easy to follow and patterns all together.