The language of children is storytelling.
Every parent and teacher has experienced this to be true. If you have doubts, look to the nearest child and say, “Once upon a time….” You will see that you now have their full attention, no matter what they were doing a moment before — because you are now speaking their language.
Scientists have now discovered that reading about experiences in books lights up the brain in the same way that physical experiences do — there’s no distinction. Regardless of how we consume stories, they do the same thing they always have: they provide meaning to our own lives and allow us to make sense of the things around us. That’s why navigating the world means navigating stories.
We’ve gathered three of our favorite crafts, centered around creating space and inspiration for storytelling — for parents and kids alike! Explore these fun activities and let the creativity and storytelling flow!
Free Printable Story Starting Cards
To use, simply download the PDF file, print it, and cut out the individual cards to make a small deck.
Then grab a handful of cards to use for a mix and match storytelling or picture drawing adventure where all of Sparkle-land comes together in one magical place!
Find them here!
Felt Storytelling Board
Here is the guide to make your own!
Painted Story Seashells
Craft your set here!
Stories to Help Jumpstart Imagination
Here are some of our best "Storytelling" Sparkle Stories to help inspire and get you started!