storytelling game: 5 different activities to do with Story Cards

Storytelling Game: 5 Activities to do with Story Cards

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Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere – Albert Einstein


Are you the kind of person who can just come up with the most fantastic story on the spot? You’re a lucky one! I’m definitely not one of those people. Making up a story for my kids takes a lot of energy out of me because I don’t like to be put on the spot (like REALLY HATE IT…but I’m working on it!) so that often affects my storytelling skills.


So, I was thrilled when I found story cards* (a.k.a storytelling cards or sequencing cards) in a box of toys my mom gave me when she closed her daycare. It’s important to me that my kids have a strong imagination because it can open a lot of doors for them and, as any parent would, I want to give them as many skills as possible for them to succeed in life. What better way to develop both theirs AND mine by teaching them how to tell a story!


Little J and I really enjoy these storytelling games. They’re great when we have some time to spare, whether it be a few minutes or an hour.


There are so many ways to use story cards, including adapted play for babies! Plus, they help foster communication between children and parents (hopefully translating into open teenagers?? – one can only hope!)


Here are some ideas for turning a simple deck of storytelling cards into a world of imagination:



1. Simple storytelling


What to do: Take turns flipping the card at the top of the pile and tell a story based on the images you see.


Age group: Young toddlers who are just starting to learn about taking turns.



2. Language development


What to do: Flip the cards and show them to your child. Simply name the item on each card. You could also pick a selection of words you’d like to work on and repeat those words a few times before starting with a new set.


Age group: Perfect for babies under 18 months old who are starting to really work on their language skills. I do this with my 9 month old!


3. Small world play


What to do: Flip the cards and start telling the story. As you name each item on the card, have your child look through his/her toy bin that matches the image on the card. Turn the story into small world play.


Age group: Works great with kids who can recognize the items on the cards.


4. Multi-player game


What to do: Each person picks 5 cards. Flip the first card on the pile and each player takes turns telling the story based on the cards they have in their hands. Once the player puts a card down, they pick up another card in order to always have 5 cards in their hands. Stop when you run out of cards!


Age group: This is great for kids who have a better grasp about taking turns and understands story sequencing.


5. Conversation starters


What to do: During dinner or on a car ride, use the cards as conversation starters. Take turns flipping the cards and tell each other about a time when something happened to you in relation to the card.


Age group: Better suited for children who can explain things that have happened in the past.


There you have it! Hope you enjoy some quality time with your kids using story cards!


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