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The Art of Story Telling to kids

Story telling is the art of sharing stories. Reynolds Price, a famous American poet, novelist, & dramatist once said:

“A need to tell and hear stories is essential to the species Homo sapiens – second in necessity apparently after nourishment and before love and shelter.”

That’s how important stories are in our lives. People make it interesting by making improvisations in the narrative and often include theatrics to make the session impactful and remarkable. 

It wont be an exaggeration to say that all of us have been closely affiliated to stories and the pleasure & warmth associated with them. Our journey with stories starts from the innumerable stories we listen to from our grandparents and parents, aunts and uncles in our growing up years. In fact, for centuries folklores and mythological stories have passed from one generation to another through the medium of storytelling. Then we move on to the books and use them to read stories and then share those with our friends and peers. Infact if we realise, we love having conversations which are intertwined with stories and often call people who have this art of natural story telling as impactful speakers and leaders.

Story Telling in Kids


In the contemporary world today story telling has evolved further using modern tools like digital platforms that promote interactive storytelling especially amongst children as well as web-based documentaries that pass on valuable information about a topic to the audience. What is noteworthy is that it is the storyteller who must work towards catching the audience’s fascination. Impactful story tellers believe that knowledge of the said subject is important for the storyteller to make an impact.

A great story is marked by the following features: –

    • Having a definitive purpose to be able to make the desired impact on the audience.
    • A tight structure, an effortless flow of events and great precision to make it appealing.
    • Feature characters that people can identify with and vouch for.
    • Stories need to land much below the outer senses. The stories that touch your inner core are the ones that are most remembered.
    • Impressive stories should be able to challenge the mental faculties of the audience.
    • Simplicity, Universality & relatability are few other characters that makes the stories unforgettable experiences.

 

Story telling as a tool for teaching life skills to kids

In modern times, this art of storytelling is becoming rapidly popular amongst parents and the teaching fraternity to deliver key learnings to their children and the younger audience. Modern education systems across the world are slowly realising the latent potential and effectiveness of this art in delivering life skills  to the young minds that are still in the phase of development. 

The innocent and ingenious minds of kids love hearing stories. But besides feeding their minds with creative powers, storytelling is becoming a handy tool to impart learnings and skills to the younger generation. This is how storytelling can help children learn and inculcate important and necessary skills that help them grow up to be practical and mature individuals, ready to take on the world. 

  • Through effective storytelling kids can come face-to-face with their traditions and cultures. This medium of stories becomes a very effective way of implanting the essence of moral values like empathy, honesty, and integrity of character. Through various characters of these stories kids get to learn about the usefulness of life skills like decision making, critical thinking, problem solving, self-control and interpersonal skills.
  • Through vivid stories children are also exposed to other cultures and their traditions helping them gradually to become responsible global citizens of the world.
  • Effective storytelling has the power to encourage kids to open and communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings upfront with others. They also learn the use of right kind of verbal and non-verbal communication. As they express their ideas, they get proficient in the use of verbal communication effectively. 
  • Storytelling also helps students and kids understand the value of listening skills and how it is important to respect each other’s thoughts and ideas, empathise with others and work collaboratively as a team for best results. 
  • Students and children get acquainted with factors that affect teamwork and how cooperation can help achieve desired result vis-a-vis infighting and negativity.
  • Many a times it has also been noticed that as a story is narrated to children, they come up with their own interpretations and explanations of situations and the characters. This aspect points to the fact that when the medium of storytelling is appropriately used, children are motivated to use their imaginations and creativity thoroughly. 

Undoubtedly storytelling sessions with kids are marked by the display of a myriad of emotions, opinions, squeals of laughter and joy, and at times moments of sadness and loss. It completely depends on how well the narrator can keep the kids grounded and grasp them in his narrative.

You may want to read about 6 rules of great story telling  as told by Pixar here

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42 comments

Srishti September 3, 2019 at 9:33 am

True! Storytelling ensures the path of growth in kids. It develops curiosity in children which makes them raise queries. Also, the moral they learn from stories can not be given to them elsewhere. And yes, storytelling is art. Great tips.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 3, 2019 at 10:33 am

Thank u Srishti.. Absolutely, the stories do manage to create curiosity and fire imagination.

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Trapti September 3, 2019 at 10:21 am

The idea of storytelling looks awesome for feeding the new skill to the younger’s mind.

Reading alone creates boredom so I really liked new education system😊

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 3, 2019 at 10:31 am

Thanks for validating Trapti…. It is interesting to see and enter in kids’ world via stories…

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Rashi Roy September 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm

How true and I enjoy the stories my son weaves at this age. Kids surely can imagine things in the most beautiful and innocent way.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 4, 2019 at 6:20 am

Absolutely Rashi… It’s beautiful to just sit and listen to t heir stories…

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Noor Anand Chawla September 4, 2019 at 9:11 am

You always impart such important gyaan in such a relatable manner, Kushal. I feel that storytelling is essential to successful parenting!

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 4, 2019 at 12:02 pm

Thank u Noor… Stories are an integral part of our living these days…and yes rightly said successful parenting too…

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Vartika Gakhar September 4, 2019 at 11:19 am

Storytelling is indeed one of the best ways and most important way to make the kids think, ask, learn and develop their vocablary too, no matter which language the story is in. Good one, Kushal.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 4, 2019 at 12:01 pm

Thanks Vartika…for stopping by.. M glad your liked the post.

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Dev Thakkar September 4, 2019 at 4:49 pm

Well the story telling helps kids to improve their imagination power and think like that way hence it is necessary to keep all this things in mind thanks for sharing this info.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 5, 2019 at 10:35 am

Thank you Dev for liking the post… 🙂

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Prerna Wahi September 5, 2019 at 3:49 pm

Every parent becomes a natural storyteller to their children. These tips are really useful and I’m surely going to keep them in mind for my next session!

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 6, 2019 at 11:51 am

Thank you Prerna for validating.. yes i think we parents do discover many hidden talents we have when we are with our children. Story telling os one of them.

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Sonia Dogra September 6, 2019 at 3:32 am

Story telling is such a wonderful way to teach. In fact I think it can be used as a wonderful tool not only by parents but in schools as well. And not only for children, grown ups enjoy stories too. Isn’t it!

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 6, 2019 at 11:48 am

Absolutly Sonia, Story telling is a great tool used by marketers too all around… Stories make our lives inetersting… thank you.. 🙂

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Kala Ravi September 6, 2019 at 4:24 am

Such an important parenting lesson this is! I can comfortably say I’ve reaped immeasurable rewards from my own storytelling sessions with my kids, as they are now grown up! I am really glad you are promoting such a wonderful idea through your blog! Happy Alexa blogging!

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 6, 2019 at 11:42 am

Absolutely…I am so glad you shared your experience and validated the thoought oprocess… Thank you for stopping by…

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Supriti Garg September 6, 2019 at 5:40 am

Storytelling is a great way of teaching kids. My son was 2 yr old when I started narrating stories to him and now i realize that he learns better with stories. SO i cook stories on a daily basis and narrat him. Many have no proper flow or emotions but it works for him. In fact his imagination has developed multifold and now he is cokking stories for all of us.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 6, 2019 at 11:44 am

It is definitely a great way to connect with kids, and yes kids learn the art of story telling very quickly because of their strong imagination and creative thinking skills. Thank you for reading the post Supriti

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Sitharaam Jayakumar September 6, 2019 at 6:27 am

Storytelling is indeed an important tool to be used for inculcating culture and several other things in children. Nowadays I have become too busy but I used to spend at least an hour with my daughter telling her stories when she was in kindergarten and primary school. Even now when she is in her 8th grade I teach her using storytelling techniques.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 6, 2019 at 11:45 am

So amazing and thank for sharing this with us.. Story telling is a great way to nurture the bond between the kids nd parents.. thank you for stopping by Sir.

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Rohit Verma September 6, 2019 at 10:16 am

True! Indeed! More power to your pen!

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 6, 2019 at 11:45 am

Thank you so much..Rohit. Happy Blogging!

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MeenalSonal September 6, 2019 at 10:19 am

Stories are best way to make children or I may say even adults too; to understand the concept be it life values or school subjects. Once the story crosses our mind we can actually visualise it forever.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 6, 2019 at 11:46 am

O yes, I agree completely… even adults enjoy stories and stories remain with us forever… Loved your thoughts on the post… Thank You for sharing… 🙂

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Varsha Nitin September 6, 2019 at 2:27 pm

Storytelling is the best thing in our lives 🙂 I feel lucky to have grown up in a family where my maternal granny, aunt, and uncle’s kept telling me some unique stories. Miss those childhood days! I did the same with my cousins and sibling. Loved their curious questions and faces 🙂 Waiting to do the same in future with my kids.
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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 9, 2019 at 6:44 am

O wow Varsha, yes those childhood memories full of stories are very precious to me as well… Although the art of story telling has evolved now with usage of thetrics and technology but the warmth of dadi nani stories is unmatched…Thank you for stopping by..

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dipika singh September 6, 2019 at 4:01 pm

Absolutely agree! Storytelling is an art. There are many beautiful stories around us and when a great story is told in an average way it loses the momentum. I still remember the story of Hensel and Gretel, which my aunt told me all those years ago.
Thanks for sharing the key points on how to ace the art of story telling.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 9, 2019 at 6:46 am

Thank you dipika,and completely take your point, story telling is all about engagement and catching and holding the attention of the audience… so they relate to and rem your stories.. Glad you liked the post..

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Charu September 6, 2019 at 4:01 pm

Such a lovely post. I am not so good at narrating stories to kids, but my husband is really very good at it

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 9, 2019 at 6:48 am

Thank you charu for reading the post… Oh i feel every one knows how to tell stories… and especially to kids… more than the content and the act kids love the connection and exclusive attention they get from us…

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Mrs. Sunshine September 6, 2019 at 4:34 pm

Wow! Such a lovely post. I love reading stories to my two year old and he typically enjoys my voice modulations. But with your tips I can definitely enrich our storytelling sessions even more. Thanks for sharing this! #MyFriendAlexa #CloudandSunshineReads

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 9, 2019 at 6:48 am

I am glad you liked the post… Thank you for stopping by… 🙂

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Narinder Bhatia September 6, 2019 at 4:44 pm

Hi Kushal, there’s nothing better than stories to convey a message deeply. we all grow up listening to stories of all kinds from so many different sources.Storytelling is a highly effective tool and if used well could appeal to all the faculties of the audience. When it is about kids, then storytelling is the best medium to build a host of thinking skills, ranging from creative thinking to critical thinking. Storytelling is an art and can really enable kids to exhibit the full range of emotions, if used well. I liked the way you have brought out the need for storytelling in providing a comprehensive education to children. Nicely written article.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 9, 2019 at 6:49 am

Thank you Narinder.. so well expressed… You said it all so perfectly. Thank you for stopping by…

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Pr@Gun September 6, 2019 at 5:56 pm

My kids also try and make up stories and I love to hear them even if they have funny or irrelevant information, as what counts is their creativity. When I read your paragraph of storytelling as a tool for teaching it reminded me of my younger one’s chemistry teacher. When this subject was first introduced in class 6 their sir used to come up with stories to explain the topic. And my kiddo still remembers all concepts well as they were told in story form. I try and read a story to my kids at night.
Nice post to inculcate the habit of storytelling in daily life.

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 9, 2019 at 6:51 am

Thank you Pragun for sharing this… Yes i still rememeber all my teachers who used to teach with stories…Stories have this thing of staying with u in ur memories.. N yes i too try and read to my kids befor bed often..

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Samidha Mathur September 6, 2019 at 6:24 pm

Hey Kushal, Storytelling is indeed a tough job, I believe. My daughter keeps me asking for new stories daily and that too with unusual combinations, like – a story of a shark and Rat…:D 😀

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 9, 2019 at 6:54 am

Hahah Samidha… Lots of love to the lil creative kiddo…. Sometimes my son also demands story with unusual characters… the last i remember was a story with a submarine and a sea horse…In those instace i just let loose my imagination and emake stories which sometimes make sense and sometimes dont.But at the end we both have a good laugh…

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Akanksha Singh September 8, 2019 at 8:09 pm

Definitely true… Because I love reading and I know how stories teach me things I would have never known

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singhal.kushal@gmail.com September 9, 2019 at 6:57 am

Oh absolutely agree… thank you for stopping by… 🙂

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