The Basic Idea
Can you use your bodies to tell a story? If you’ve been to the theatre, watched a film or read a book together, try and use your bodies to share the story with someone else – without speaking!
Over to You, Wee One
Ask “Can you show me how the story started?” and go from there – you might want to ask key questions from time to time, but don’t be too prescriptive – the joy is in exploring the movement and looking back on the story you shared.
- Sometimes “show me” is easier than “tell me” when wee ones need to express themselves
- Using our bodies to show different characters and feelings can help develop empathy
- Speed run! can you tell the whole story in 30 seconds? 10 seconds? 1 second?
- Focus in on the ways characters felt at different points in the story and move your bodies as though you feel the same way
The moves your wee one makes might not look much like the story to anyone else, but it’s where their imagination is taking them and how their body needs to move in that moment. Moving and chatting and remembering together is the main thing here, not being as accurate as possible.