When I think of storytelling, I think of all the ways we tell those stories. Through music, art, reading, writing, gestures, and expressions – the ways of telling stories can go from super complicated formats – like a play, to the very simplistic way possible – such as reading. Today’s idea is on that latter end – the simplest way – with story telling beads.
Story telling beads are just that – beads to tell a story.
In history, story telling beads were shaped beads depicting animals and people, usually strung together in a necklace. While the story was being told, the storyteller would touch the beads one by one as the story progressed showing a visual representation to the verbal story spoken. It’s almost like turning a page in a book – the visual representation of the artwork in the book accompanies the verbal story spoken.
With these story telling beads, to accompany this month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids author’s chosen book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See” – it gets even simpler. I found some fun shimmery, shiny beads to start our storytelling. What’s even more fun – I didn’t even really explain to V what they were for or how to use them – she just knew!
Hear her tell it on the video…
Empty the beads into the jar and begin the storytelling! There are several methods you can use.
- Have your child tell you the story, using the beads, as you flip through the pages of the book.
- Read the book and have your child pull out the color of the bead (of the character you are reading about), one by one, as you read through the story.
- Have your child place the beads, one by one, telling the story, string them on a string or pipecleaner.
- Have your child tell you the animal that matches with each color.
- Have your child tell you other objects that match that color – make it a color jar!
Truly, the possibilities are endless with what you can do with your story telling beads.
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