5 Tips to Become a Great Storyteller

Storytelling doesn’t always come naturally to everyone, but with a bit of practice it’ll be the best part of your baby’s bedtime! Storytelling is a great way to have one-on-one bonding with your child. Reading is important as it can encourage an early development of literacy skills.

If you’re not confident in your storytelling skills, start when your baby is in the womb, not only will it get them used to your voice but without an audience you’ll be able to build confidence. When your baby is a new born you can keep perfecting your techniques before they get old enough to tell you if you’re doing it wrong!

 

  1. Choose a story you both like.

If you and your child agree on a story then you will put more effort into making it enjoyable and your child will find it engaging. Give them a choice of two stories so the final decision is theirs, they’ll be more willing to listen if they have picked it themselves. Try to steer them towards rhyming stories, for example the classic Dr Seuss stories are brilliant for story time, as the fast-paced rhythm will keep your child focused and entertained.

 

  1. Make eye contact.

Try not to just stare at the book and read as quickly as you can. You and your child will be very bored! Look up every now and again to engage with your child and keep them focused on the story.

 

  1. Find a quiet place.

Reduce distractions; turn off the TV, computer, mobiles and anything else which is switched on and could disrupt your storytelling. Make sure all the toys have been put away so your baby isn’t tempted to play. Bedtime is a good platform for storytelling because your child’s mind is already tired and in a state of calm.

 

  1. Commit to the storytelling.

Use gestures, facial expressions, voices and props! Put different voices on for different characters, for example, use a low, slow voice for villainous characters. It’ll make the story much more interesting for you as well as your child and they will love the silly voices and gestures your using.

 

  1. Include them in the story.

If your child thinks they’re in the story they’ll listen more intently. Include them in the sound effects, ask them to clap or make the noises of the story with you. Little feet can be used to run, stomp, and thump along with the story.

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