Funny stories

Santa’s little sleighs…

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I came across this cute idea for a sleigh using candy and chocolates (I can’t remember the site tho 😦 ) So I decided to turn it into a little activity. I made one for each of my kid and brought it to school.

Before starting, I asked the children if they would like to own Santa’s sleigh. Everyone chimed in, ‘Yes!’ Then I said, well, why don’t we draw some reindeers on our papers now, and who knows, Santa might give each one of you a sleigh.


IMG_2085So they started drawing their little reindeers. I asked them to ‘decorate’ the reindeers’ antlers too. They had so much fun doing it! The antlers turned out to be so colorful and some had cute Christmas ornaments on it haha

Once everyone’s done, I said, ‘Now, close your eyes, and wish really really hard that Santa would give you a sleigh! But you must close your eyes otherwise Santa might not come. I will count to 30 to give Santa some time.’ So they closed their eyes, while I placed the little sleighs behind their chairs.

Then, I asked them to open their eyes and turn around…They squealed when they saw the little sleighs. One even said, “Santa came! Santa came!”

Then they asked me, “You didn’t get yours?”

“No…” I said, sadly…

“Why not?”

“Coz I opened my eyes, and he ran away… Can you give me yours?” None of them answered hahaha They started looking at each other. Then one said, “It’s okay! You can always try again.” And happily played with their sleighs.

IMG_2107Though not everyone got their sleighs. One of them didn’t. This is another story on its own 🙂

Anyway, the next day, one of them gave me this card…She really made my day 🙂 The mom is really thoughtful.

The Dinosaur who Ate an Eraser

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I tried out a storytelling ‘game’ with my kids today (aged between 3-5 years old). I picked a couple of objects and put into a bag. In the bag, there was an apple, a board book about a dog, a plastic cup, blocks, a toy dinosaur, a purple crayon, an eraser, a pair of sunglasses and a glove.

I started the ball rolling by picking one object from the bag, and began the story with, “Once upon a time, in a land far far away…” and took out an apple. So I continued, “there was a big apple tree that grew in a backyard of a castle.”

And to get it going, I asked the next child to take out another object, and he got the board book about a dog. He stared at it for awhile, not knowing what to say. So I prompted, “What would you like to say about the dog? Was he in the backyard with the tree? What was he doing?” After awhile, he said, “He was playing by himself in the backyard.”

The next child got the plastic cup. This girl is very good at storytelling and she’s only 4. She immediately knew what she had to do. “Then the dog saw a plastic cup that had water in it, and started drinking it!” To make it more interesting, I asked, “Was it magic water?” She said, “No! It’s disappearing water! The water disappeared from the cup when the dog drank it!”

The next object was a set of blocks, arranged into a shape. The girl who got it said, “A boat! The boat had water in it and it disappeared too!” “Where was the boat?” I asked. “The boat was next to the cup!”

Then it was a toy dinosaur. This girl who took it out was about 3 years old. She began saying, “Once upon a time, there was a dinosaur.” Before I could say anything, the girl who got the plastic cup interrupted and said, “No you must continue from the boat.” The 3 year old stared at the dinosaur for a really long time before saying, “The dinosaur came out from the jungle.” And we left it at that.

Then we got a purple crayon. The boy said, “There was a purple crayon in the garden.” To which the girl who got the plastic cup interrupted and said, “And the crayon started coloring the dinosaur purple! Is that okay?” She asked the boy who got the crayon. He nodded 🙂

The next thing was an eraser. The child who got it said, “The dinosaur ate the eraser!” The children found it funny and laughed. I couldn’t help it either 😀

Next was a pair of sunglasses, to which the child who got it said, “The dinosaur wore the sunglasses and put it on his head!” So I put the sunglasses on the dinosaur and the children thought he looked ‘cool’ 🙂

Finally, it was a glove. The child said, “The dinosaur wore the gloves too!” And the girl who got the plastic cup added, “But he didn’t put it in his hand, and put in his feet instead!” And another added, “Then he tried it on his head too!” And another said, “And he ate it too because he was so hungry!”

We had a great laugh at all of the suggestions. Then I said, “How should we end the story?”

One boy said, “He ate it and fell asleep.” I asked if everyone likes that and they nodded.

Then I let them ‘draw’ their story on colored papers and glued the pages together, gave it a cover and a title, and turned it into a book. (I should have taken pictures!! :(( )

Lastly, I asked them to retell the story using their book. Remember, the objective is to briefly introduce them the elements of a story – beginning, middle and end. I was very proud of some of them who knew how to start and end the story 🙂

Points to note:

* Don’t worry if the “flow” of the story isn’t as how you ‘planned’ it to be, after all, it’s the children’s story 🙂

* The younger children had difficulty creating the ‘flow’, because they haven’t really grasp the flow and elements of a story, whereas the slightly older children had fun exploring their ideas.

* Keep repeating the flow of the story when in the middle of it, because the children can lose track when they get over excited with the objects they get 🙂 I also lay the objects in front of them so they can keep track.

Room on the Broom, served with a twist ;)

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Dedicated to all the children and parents who came for the storytelling @ BSC Kuala Lumpur held recently, and to those who will be celebrating the spooktacular horror-ween later. This is still very roughly written; just want to get this out on time haha 😛

I tweaked it from the original Room on the Broom and made it more sinister (just for Halloween ;))

Wanda the Witch had a tall, shiny hat,
It had stars so bright it’d blind a bat!
She also had a ribbon that’s yellow,
Which she tied in a bow,
And a magic wand with a star that glowed.

One bright Sunday morning,
With magic, she made a new broomstick that was striking,
Painted with colours of the rainbow,
It’d be a waste not to ride it and see it glow!

“We’ve got no time to waste!” said she,
“Let’s ride into the sky so everyone see!”
“Meow, can I come too?” asked her cat,
“Of course not, you filthy little scrat*!” (a cat and a rat – Wanda’s creation)

“Let’s go broom! Into the sky!”
Off they went, way, way up high,
Above the ground and all the trees,
The broom and Wanda flew with ease…

Then suddenly, the wind went “Fwhooo! Fwhooo!”     
Stronger and stronger it blew,
“Oh no!! My starry hat!” It spun round and round,
And fell lower and lower to the ground.

Wanda commanded, “Down, broom, down!”
And they flew lower and lower to the ground.
Wanda searched high and low for the hat,
She couldn’t find it, and wasn’t glad.

Then she heard “Woof! Woof!” from behind,
There it was, a dog on its hind,
In his mouth was a familiar-looking hat,
And my, was Wanda glad!

“That’s my hat! Let it go, you dirty dog! Come here!”  
She took it from him and then made him disappear.

Wanda hopped on to her broom,
And once again, away they zoom,
Above the ground and all the trees,
The broom and Wanda flew with ease…

Then suddenly, the wind went “Fwhooo! Fwhooo!”
Stronger and stronger it blew,
“Oh no!! My yellow bow!” It spun round and round,
And fell lower and lower to the ground.

Wanda commanded, “Down, broom, down!”
And they flew lower and lower to the ground.
Wanda searched high and low for her bow,
She couldn’t find it, and was about to go.

Then she heard from above, “Tweet! Tweet!”
There it was, a bird flapping its wings to greet,
A yellow bow, in her beak!
Wanda was so happy she could hardly speak.

All she said was, “You ugly bird, come here!”
She took the bow and then made the bird disappear.

Wanda hopped on to her broom,
And once again, away they zoom,
Above the ground and all the trees,
The broom and Wanda flew with ease…

Then again, the wind went “Fwhooo! Fwhooo!”
Stronger and stronger it blew,
“Oh no!! My magic wand!” It spun round and round,
And fell lower and lower to the ground.

Wanda commanded, “Down, broom, down!”
And they flew lower and lower to the ground.
Wanda searched high and low for her wand,
She couldn’t find it, even by the pond.

Then she heard, “Wibbit! Wibbit!”
There it was, a frog jumping up n down to greet,
Waving a wand in his hand,
Wanda was so happy she danced like a crazy hen.

Then she said, “Give me back my wand! Come here!”
She took it from the frog and then made him disappear.

Once more, Wanda hopped on to her broom,
And away they zoom,
Above the ground and all the trees,
The broom and Wanda flew with ease…

This time, the wind blew stronger than before,
“Oh, blimey! A heavy downpour!”
Suddenly, her broom snapped in two!
Wanda the Witch didn’t know what to do.

Down she fell from her broom,
“Oh no! Someone save me from my doom!”
Then she heard a ROAAARRR,
And a “HOAR! HOAR! HOAR!”

She had fallen into the arms of a monster!
It looked mean, red, and uglier than her!
“It’s…it’s…a…dragonnnn…! Get away from me!”
He said, “No way! I’m going to have you for tea!”

Wanda replied, “I know magic! I can turn you into a chest!”
“Oh, really? Be my guest!”
Then Wanda realised she had lost her wand!
She cried to herself, “Just let me be gone!”

She closed her eyes, ready to be chowed down,
Then “Tweet! Tweet!” came a sound.
Then a “Woof! Woof!” somewhere from the ground,
And a “Wibbit! Wibbit” all around.

Wanda asked, “You three were the dragon?”
“Yes. We know magic too. And we wanted to teach you a lesson.”
“I know I was mean to you… I’m so, so sorry…
Please forgive me…”

They smiled and said, “Next time, be kind.”
Wanda replied, “Thank you so much, new friends of mine.”

Hope you enjoyed the story 🙂 And have a horrofying Halloween!

Young, Little Storytellers

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This boy is the youngest, most talented storyteller I’ve ever seen. He’s only 2 years old (At the time of recording) and he told…Jack & The Beanstalk! I saw this on John’s website and thought of sharing with you too 🙂

What do you think? Isn’t he amazing??? 😀 What a joy to watch, huh 😉

Thanks John for sharing!

And while watching that video, I saw this related video – Star Wars according to a 3 year old. It’s soooo cute and funny! And she is sooooo adorable!

Aren’t children great storytellers? 😀

Vámonos with stories in English and Spanish (by Lillian Rodrigues-Pang)

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This is a collection of folk tales told in English with repeated Spanish phrases so you can enjoy the culture, the Latin American and Australian locations, the characters and the language – fun for all ages.

(Vámonos means ‘let’s go’ in English) I was a little apprehensive about buying this CD. Listening to stories without any visual stimulants could be quite a challenge for me, because I’m more of a visual person. But because I like Lillian’s style, I trust that this CD will be worth the try. And I was right. The stories were good but Lillian made them even better and more entertaining.  The music also set the mood of the stories and made them more intense too. Listening to them made me laugh and shudder; smile and wonder; definitely took my mind off the busy roads on my way to work 🙂 This is the list of stories and songs:

  • Mouse Family – Raton Familia
  • CD Introduction
  • Perfect present – Regalo Perfecto
  • Leave this place – Sal de Alli
  • Senior Billy Goat – Senior Cabro
  • The Butterfly – La Mariposa
  • Wings of Blue – Alas de Azul

It’s hard to pick my favourite story from this list. But if I had to, it has got to be ‘Mouse Family’. Lillian’s voice is so versatile. I loved how much character she gave to the mice and the cat by merely using her voice. ‘Perfect Present’ was warm, endearing and a beautiful story to tell younger children. ‘Wings of Blue’, which is a song, has a very catchy tune. Singing along with it would definitely take away your Monday blues! 

A great company to be with when going on long family trips and to keep your children entertained! 😉 Ask them to guess the ending of the story, play a game like ‘What happened when…’/’What if’ after listening to one story, learn new Spanish words together, or try singing along to ‘Wings of Blue’ together 😀

The Musical Fart

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I read this real-life (I think?) story from a friend’s Facebook (FB) post, and it really made my day. And I hope it’d brighten your day too 🙂

“I was in Starbucks recently when I suddenly realized I desperately needed to fart. The music was really, really loud so I timed my fart with the beat of the music. After a couple of songs I started to feel better. I finished my coffee and noticed that everyone was staring at me! And suddenly I remembered I was listening to my ipod…”

I shared this story with some of my friends just to make them smile. And they did! You and I know a smile can do wonders right 😉

Moral of the story? Don’t fart in public! Haha!

Go on, make someone smile or laugh today! 🙂