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If your kids are beginning to write, draw, and build stories, it’s time to let them learn the art of storytelling. If you are a parent, working with the kids together to co-create original content and stories is a great way to engage. It is likely to create stronger impact because you teach kids by being a part of their play and work. We have 5 ideas for you to use so that you can raise storytellers and build skills like active listening, writing, and critical thinking in a fun way!

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Why are stories important?

Stories are a great way to pass on values, help social emotional learning, learn new ideas, and process information. Stories can also help language learning and development, enhance critical thinking, and foster empathy. It helps kids stay connected with ideas in a fun way.

By age 3, children can start storytelling – from reporting events, imagining new worlds, or simply restating what they have observed. By ages 5-7, children start developing more complete stories with a plot, theme and many details.

5 ideas on how to co-create original content and stories with kids

1. Collaboration aka storytelling events: This can include any sort of a online video or audio events, or events at your neighborhood library. Always use the opportunity to participate and create with your kids. This is also a way to build a new network and community through engaging conversations.

2. Co-create original content and stories: Puzzles, storytelling games, and story prompts can offer a good place to start. Get into your playroom together and play. The easiest way to make a child feel heard and engaged is to do what you ask of them. If you want children to write, read, or be creative, it starts with you. Our family maker box is a good starting point, especially for South-Asia inspired stories.

3. Personalization: If you want to create something really unique, this is your opportunity. Think of a topic, head to your neighborhood crafts store (aka Michaels, or whatever is close to you), and get the supplies. If you wanted kids to write a letter, get them some nice paper. If you wanted them to learn about the kite festival, get some paper to try this at home. Personalize as per your kids’ color choices, and make it happen! Using hands is a good way to channel imagination.

4. Customized help: Get access to lists that help you. This includes books, writing prompts, and ideas by age. It is easier to then reach out to experts including writers, bloggers, parenting experts, teachers to help you with this customized content on a regular basis. At Peerbagh, we establish many reading lists by topic, age, and more custom options. You can get access through our newsletter.

5. Sharing expertise: Create a show and tell night at home! Ask children, adults, and family members to share a topic they care about. This is also a good game for device-free dinner time. Share your expertise, and build self-confidence, and articulation skills.

It’s also important to note that you can add value and create different stories using mediums that your kids react most strongly to (e.g. podcasts, audio stories for kids, videos, crafts, journaling, songs, etc. can all be interchanged and create freshness).

Where will you start? 🙂