Debra Hasbrook, M.Ed.
There are many ways to tell a story, books, felt board, tapes, puppets, dance and dramatic play. When we let the children tell the story you never know what will happen. This has the possibility of true creativity and imagination. Here is one example and a fun way to engage with children in storytelling.
A round circle of shiny blue material, A large square piece of brown or green cloth, 5 or 6 animals, 4 or 5 little people, some small trees, fence pieces, maybe a couple of small houses.
How to play:
In the art area set out brown or green construction paper, small blue circles, glue sticks and something to color with: markers, crayons, or pencils. Do not tell the children that it is in relation to the story they just created together, just let them discover it on their own. This activity enhances working memory, literacy, creativity and problem solving. Because there are no directions or expectations it would be considered an open ended art activity.
Remember to write down their stories as they create then on a 5x7 card. Attach the card to the back of their picture. Or if you display their work place it next to the picture on the bulletin board. If you want to take it one step further, take pictures of the children playing with the story materials and put up the pictures next to their art project.