My very first storytelling session outside of a bookshop. The set up was definitely different, hence I was faced with different challenges. There weren’t many willing participants to come on stage to listen to a story, so we ended up having to beg some children to come onto the stage haha
I was very drawn to a young boy who was reading a book at the book sales nearby. So I approached him (the boy in the Angry Birds t-shirt). The conversation went like this:
Before storytelling session:
Me: Would you like to join us for a storytelling session?
J: No thanks (His exact words. Not impolitely, but with a cute smile on his face :))
Me: Why not?
J: ‘cuz I think it’s gonna be boring.
Me: Don’t worry, it’d be fun!
Boy still looked doubtful.
Me: Ok, why don’t we make a deal. If in anytime you find it boring, you can leave the session. Deal?
J: Ok! Deal!
After storytelling session.
J: Mom, can I come for the storytelling session again next week?
Mom: Did you enjoy it?
J: Yeah! I thought it’d be boring at first. But I enjoyed it! So can we come again?
Mom: Sure. As long as you remind me again next week.
Really hope he’d come again next week 😀
After the storytelling session, we had some activities, one of them was colouring. I told them they could recreate The Gruffalo if they want to. The two below were some of the creative ones. Thanks to their mommy, I can post them here 🙂
One of the fleas on the head: Living in the gruffalo’s fur isn’t that bad.
The other flea: I agree!
Horns: He always uses us when he charges at something. Aren’t you tired of that?
The other horn: Of course! What do you think I am?
Gruffalo’s brain: Get that berry! I’m famished!
The Gruffalo: As you can see, I’m just a figure to scare away predators!
The Gruffalo’s tongue: It’s a poisonous tongue, which is why it has those white spots.
The fingers: Isn’t it strange that this big-headed gruffalo have us – small hands and fingers?
The legs: Never! I’m sleeping. No, wait! I’m hibernating!
Tail: I always get sit on!
Aren’t they all creative? :)) Looking forward to posting more. They keep me inspired! 🙂
Children have such amazing minds and spirit. They keep me going, no matter how tired I am. They make my days meaningful 🙂