Last year, I started working on an activity book intended to offer lots of fun, creative projects for families to make and do throughout the year. Anyhow, as the year progressed, my plans changed.
One of the projects I had hoped to be included in this book, was this one about telling stories. Storytelling is not only entertaining, it is powerful because in telling our own stories we begin to process our world as we know it and then, begin to imagine what could be.
Children are born storytellers and usually don’t need much to launch into a 3 act play. My daughter Penelope would make stories with anything - salt and pepper shakers, erasers, or paperclips. Now she draws her characters and writes her epic stories, which flow from her like water.
If you are beginning to feel a touch of cabin fever, which is quite contagious this time of year, think about inventing some stories. What is absurd? What makes you cry? What makes you laugh? Share your story of what is and share your story of what you’d like to be.
Below are some methods for creating characters and environments using oven baked clay and cardboard. Of course, a simple sock puppet or tiny figurine would work just as well.
Matchbox Bed Buddy
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.