Patsy Allan Storyteller

Creative storytelling using props puppets and participation

Storytelling tips

  • Prepare your stories well and deliver them enthusiastically. Help your audience feel the passion you have for stories.
  • When using props or puppets, place the props in the order you will use them in your program or story and out of reach of the children if possible..
  • Importance of knowing your story well cannot be stressed enough. This applies to reading or telling a story.
  • Make your stories come alive for your audiences and they will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
  • Make yourself ready for sharing stories, remember how we stress with children how important whole body listening is, then let us stress for ourselves whole body telling.
  • Prepare your voices, your breath, your body by practising sounds, singing, breathing and keeping fit by exercise and healthy eating.
  • Introduce Mozart tapes at your centre as background music. They will help the children to focus and to create.
  • Keep card files of poetry, finger plays, action songs and nursery rhymes to use with your story.
  • Make up rhymes to suit your needs and sing them to well known tunes.
  • Make use of the internet to research your stories and songs
  • Take a look around your centre and your home for anything you might use as a prop for your stories.Examples of these might be: a cuddly toy that could be changed into a puppet; paper plates to be changed into masks or rod puppets; plastic vegetables for soup stories; cardboard boxes or bags for intrigue or guesswork; coat hangers, nylon stockings, socks or pantyhose, buttons, beads or some forgotten souvenirs of holidays in other countries or places.
  • Start right away and the next time you are with young children, tell a story using a prop or a puppet.
  • Let your imagination soar to the heights with stories and songs and creativity