Storytelling Games for Kids

Instructor: Nicky Davis
From collaborative storytelling to individual creative thinking, there's a game for all types of classrooms and learners. Keep writing and literacy lessons imaginative and engaging with storytelling games, and learn about some engaging resources to use with these games.

First Half / Second Half

Begin telling a story to the class, then right after you get to the climax of the story, let the students write the story's resolution and ending. Encourage them to be creative and bold in their choices! Invite some students to share their endings with the class. Have them watch the lesson on creative writing to help get their creative juices flowing!

One Sentence Story

Gather students together to sit in a circle. Beginning with one student, have them each participate in telling a story one sentence at a time, finishing the story after one rotation around the circle. Use this game to highlight the importance of using each sentence to creating a coherent story structure. Share the history of oral storytelling with the class once the game is done.

Combine the Fairy Tales

Have each student choose two well-known fairy tales. Then, it's time to get creative! Ask students to combine the two stories into one super fairy tale that includes the key aspects from each fairy tale, but tells a new narrative. Use the lesson on the elements of a short story to help students identify key components to take from each tale.

A Normal Day But...

Start by having every student write down a wild and crazy event from their imagination or that's actually happened to them. Collect all the students' events and put them in a container. Have every student write a paragraph or two about the beginning of a regular day. Pass out the events or have each student draw from the container, and finish their stories by incorporating the event on their piece of paper. Watch the lesson on rising action in class to teach students how to build a transition between their everyday to an exciting event.

Share a Picture, Tell A Story

Divide students into pairs. Have each pair of students begin by drawing a picture that incorporates some sort of action. Next, ask students to exchange drawings and write a story that translates the picture they've just received into words. Use the lesson on cave painting and bring in some photos of cave paintings to show how stories were told through pictures in ancient times.

Early Literacy and Writing Resources

Whether you're teaching or learning, has resources to help you review, refresh and improve. Check out the resources below for helpful lessons and quizzes all about literacy, writing and storytelling!

For Teachers

  • Look over these lessons on effective literacy instruction for tips on engaging teaching techniques and strategies for teaching literacy to different learning styles.
  • The lessons on instructional pedagogy offer ideas and teaching strategies specifically for language arts and literacy.

For Students

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