I have long enjoyed telling stories with my own children. I absolutely know it has encouraged them to read and write creatively and with stricture. I also believe it has been a key part of developing their confidence in verbal communication.
I am so excited to tell you about storyshaping stones and how they can really promote storytelling with kids. I went on a course with Julia Damassa who developed the storyshaping tools a few years ago and she totally inspired me in the art of story telling with children. She is an amazing and talented woman with huge wisdom.
Not only have I used the stones and storytelling methods she taught me with my own kids I have used her shapes within therapeutic settings too. I have used the story shapes to help children explore their issues through giving them a narrative and directing and exploring possible pathways.
The stones are such a lovely tool for play or therapeutic work and they are beautifully made and robust. Children love to hold or stroke them as they talk and there is such a timeless quality to them.
Storytelling is an ancient art and brings alive ideas and imagination, memories and dreams. Teaching our children the art of storytelling is to give them a gift that will last throughout their life time. Communication is key to our development, our relationships and our work and I see storytelling as one of the most vital of all play activities.
These beautiful storyshaping stones can be purchased for the Emotionally Healthy Kids Shop for just £15