Adding extra ‘setting’ to your wonderful tales

Written by: Paula Brown
14 August 2018

Here we look at how resources can help to enhance a story, bringing it to life in exciting ways that are only limited by the imagination. It is surprising how easy it is to do, and how readily available these items are.

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Key points

  • Lewis Carroll once called stories ‘love gifts’, while Jay O’Callahan described storytelling as the theatre of the mind
  • Storytelling in its rawest form ‘touches’ us, but young children need things they can touch and feel to make sense of their worlds and people of all ages have different learning styles
  • Specific resources can be used to support stories, as well as art materials and body movements
  • Resources benefit children in many ways, heightening imagination and visualization, accentuating story rhythm, supporting listening skills, and give insight to the human experience

‘If you’re going to have a story, have a big story, or none at all.’ [Joseph Campbell]

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