20 March marks World Storytelling Day!
World Storytelling Day started in Sweden in 2003 and is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. It is celebrated every year on the Spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, the first day of Autumn equinox in the southern. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night.
We all love to hear or even tell a good story, yet no one loves stories better than young children. From the role-plays they perform, to the books you read together and the pictures they draw, children are fascinated by them.
Before the day’s out why not mark the occasion by adding an extra bit of panache to your bedtime storytelling?
- Do your best impressions
- Set the scene properly with costumes and props. If it’s a scary story, do you need to tell it in the dark or in a den?
- ‘The devils in the detail’ as they say, so add specifics for extra intrigue
- As a family, you can you could even play a game of storytelling to show how everyone’s unique perspective can change a story over time. One person can start by setting the scene, and the next can build on the story from there. Keep going until everyone has added to the story at least three times. The results will likely be hilarious!
Make tonight’s bedtime story one your child won’t forget.