On our recent vacation I saw a fun example of storytelling. I had been looking forward to hearing more bedtime stories from grandpa at the Stewart family reunion, but that didn't work out this time around. He did tell the kids a good long story in the daytime, though, I'm happy to say.
At the reunion there were a baker's dozen cousins and most of them were under 6 (see photographic evidence below). We had an evening up the canyon and had some songs from grandpa, an awesome family tree activity, and a cook out. The event that stole my heart, though, was a quick story that grandma told the kids while Uncle Jonathan got something out of the car.
Grandpa announced to this crew, "Ok kids, Grandma's got a surprise for you!" .
"No, I'm not ready yet." Grandma said. Then she whispered with Uncle Jonathan and sent him to get something.
"Ok kids, everybody come sit down. While we wait I will tell you a story..."
She told the story, a long joke really, about a wide mouthed frog. It was great, with the physical element. I loved the story and the kids did too. After that, Levi was playing around talking like a wide mouth frog.
The killer thing is, I can't even remember what the "surprise" was that came afterwards. Haha!
Have you heard the joke before? If you had to entertain this crew for a few minutes, what would you try?
After you comment, visit (or re-visit) another post about storytelling, and more info about Story Club (the e-book I'm working on).