How To Tell A Story – 10 Toys That Spark Creative Stories

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Using props to tell a story is like playing a game, reading a book, and watching a play all at once. Storytelling toys are great because they don’t really have an age limit; they can spark creativity in kids as much as adults and make telling a story easier for everyone. They’re also perfect toys to travel with. If you lose or break one, they’re simple to replace. Here are 10 ways you can use toys to tell a story, whether it’s an old familiar tale or a new one improvised on the spot.

1. Storytelling dice – roll the blocks and try to make a story out of the pictures that appear

story telling dice
story telling dice

via The Small Object and Cornelian Designs

2. Finger puppets made from felt, paper or yarn

felt animal finger puppets
paper animal finger puppets
crochet animal finger puppets

via Soo Sun, Curmilla, and Cyrilla’s Artistic Crochet

3. Small felt figures on a play scape, like a theater.

felted toys Goldilocks
felted rabbit and carrots
felted forest Waldorf

via Madame Craig, Mud Hollow, and Soo Sun

4. Wooden spools with pictures and words

wooden story spool

via Story Forest

5. Shadow puppets on sticks or on a tabletop stage

hansel and gretel shadow puppets
yeti shadow puppet
shadow puppet theater

via Isabella’s Art, Owly Shadow Puppets, and Shadow Puppet Stories

6. Drawings printed on wooden discs – doubles as a memory game

wooden memory tiles

via Apple ‘n Amos

7. Painted storytelling stones

story stones
Crafting Connections
rocks story telling

via Crafting Connections and Rudy and the Dodo

8. Flat story boards with felt animals or with cut-out pictures on magnets

felt board animals
upcycled story magnets

via Cake in the Morn and Sun Hats & Wellie Boots

9. ‘Storytelling basket’ – put characters from different fairy tales in a basket, then mix and match the toys to create silly combinations of the stories. Goldilocks climbing the beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood going into the three bears’ cottage, etc.

storytelling basket

via The Imagination Tree

10. Magnetic wallpaper – so you can create stories on the walls of your home

magnet wallpaper
magnet wallpaper

via Sian Zeng


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