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Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  241 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Children love to make up stories, and these 40 creative projects and activities encourage them to free their storytelling instincts. Younger children will love making story stones and a storytelling jar, and then will love using them to create stories of their own, while older kids will enjoy word grab bags, story walks, and journaling exercises. For everyone ages 5 to 12, ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fic, 2012
A book with ideas to encourage children to cultivate and share their stories. Sections include: intro, story starters, story evolution, story activities, and story play. Some of the ideas overlap and are very similar, but there are still plenty for fun and creativity. The ones I specifically want to remember -

p 29, "Cut and Tell" (Cut 5" squares from magazines / etc. Each person is given 10 face-down squares to gradually work into a story.)

p 63, "Memory Cards" (Decide on a memory, then write & i
Lots of ideas, accompanied by color photos, for creating story prompts for creative and not-so-creative imaginations are shared in these 140 or so pages.

I plan on using some in craft "summer reading" activities which I host at my library.
1) Story Stones (pages 57-59)describes how children can collect some smooth palm-size stones and "mod-podge" pictures onto the rocks and then "tell a story" with them. We do a "rock painting" activity every summer, which is hugely popular. This will add to the m
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing-club
5-10 year olds. Great ideas like story cubes, story discs (and necklace), story dice, story city, magnetic story board and magical mailbox. More for imaginative play than physically writing, but the parents can go as far with it as they want to.
Helen Hanna
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partially-read
Great ideas for inspiring storytelling. Beautiful photographs.
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full of good ideas for writing and storytelling. Could be used with a variety of ages and abilities.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I ADORED this book! There are so many fun, engaging ideas in this book to spark creativity, not just for children but adults who want to take a whimsical approach to writing.
Fantastic. Fun and colourful. Plenty of creative ideas and activities to get imaginations working. Great adaptable tool and resource for any age.
Easy to do, Easy to use, Easy to Explain and above all FUN approaches to storytelling for kids: this book includes easy ways to use creative thinking for kids, it gives timeline of how long they take, age/comprehension level, supplies and what the point is.
The book offers lots of visuals and inlcudes patterns at the end of the book. A very handy resource for librarians, teachers and homeschool parents
Shala Kerrigan
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling by Emily K. Neuburger is a guide to creative exercises you can do with a child to make up stories.

Children love to make up stories with their toys, friends and in play. This book helps make a regular and thoughtful pattern of it. While it's meant for adults to do with children, a lot of the activities will work with children of all ages.

The craft projects include cards, decorated rocks to work as figures, small pa
Kathy MacMillan
Subtitled “40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children’s Storytelling”, this book is a terrific addition to your professional bookshelf. Neuberger clearly articulates the benefits of storytelling and imaginary play in helping children exercise creativity, expand their emotional awareness, practice communicating, make connections, solve problems, and develop moral thinking – and then she provides instructions for forty knock-your-socks-off crafts that encourage kids to create, imagine, an ...more
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A perfect resource for elementary librarians who are looking for ways to create meaningful lessons for their students around the art of storytelling. Each example has more than an adequate instructions/supply list on how to pull off these exercises of fun. The author thought of everything necessary for her reader and crossed all of her Ts and dotted all of her Is with a wonderful set of templates in the back of the book. Although I checked this book out from the library, it will definitely be on ...more
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is beautiful and full of fun ideas to get kids telling stories. I would love to spend some crafty time making some of these for my library. Minus a star because a lot of the crafts seemed more labor intensive for adults-it's hard to envision younger kids working well with tiny fabric collage and mod podge on rocks. If kids DID do these things I'd like to see more photos of kids' work (many were obviously made by artistic adults). That's just my preference as an educator reading activit ...more
Heidi Pepin
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really more 4.5 stars but I decided to bump it up because I broke down and bought the book. I had borrowed it from the library and after combing through it this afternoon, there were so many ideas I wanted to try that I felt like I had to purchase it.

The story discs are my favorite idea. Inexpensive, full of imagination, and I like the variety of ideas the author gives to go with them - either to create them or to change their use, like a necklace. I think my 7 yo daughter will love to create t
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mama-resources
This book is beautiful with so many wonderful ideas! I got this one from the library, but it is definitely a book I would like to add to my own collection - once William is a little older. For now, I have a handful of great things to try with William and will absolutely revisit this book down the road.

Some of the ideas I plan on trying with William:

Traveling Puppet Theater
Story Mat
Story City
Magical Mailbox
Magic Pebbles
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly fantastic work! I use this for my job at the library regularly and can't wait to use with my own kids. And I really appreciate the economy of the projects - you can literally do any of them with found things around the house. The only purchase, really, is modge podge and wooden discs (which you can work around no problem if you really needed to).

I hope to see another volume by this author - indispensable to libraries!
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great resource. I'm already excited to use some of the ideas in storytimes and class visits to our library. All of the ideas are great, even if not applicable to the library environment. I can see myself doing some of the larger scale projects with my own kids, and others would be perfect in the classroom. ...more
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous photography and page design are just the icing on the cake for a book filled to the brim with insanely endearing, imaginative ideas. I can't help but think that the world would be a better place if all children had the opportunity to be raised with such an emphasis on individual and group creativity. ...more
Kathy McC
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Neuburger provides a collection of marvelous ideas. Unfortunately, most of them won't work for my 6th grade novel study class. But, luckily, they will work for the Kiddie Lit college class that I teach in the spring. Also some terrific ideas to use with my granddaughters in the not too distant future. ...more
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Show Me a Story is filled with wonderful ideas to get those stories flowing. Kids of all ages will enjoy making the crafts and the finished products will entertain for years to come. Author, Emily Neuburger, does an excellent job explaining and inspiring, while keeping each story project simple and fun. Great for programmers, teachers, and parents!
Aug 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just added this book to the ol' digital queue and wasn't expecting too much. But I was pleasantly surprised to find some excellent craft/storytelling ideas inside. I especially like the adventure packs and the story stones. I really like how Neuburger uses recycled and found items for the craft projects. Looks like I need to invest in some Mod Podge. ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytimebooks
fantastic resource for parents, teachers and librarians. Great ideas, some better for small groups and classrooms but still some great ideas I plan to try for storytime. I'm definitely making the traveling puppet theater for my outreaches. ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
This book will be a great addition to the collection at this library. There are lots of homeschool families and I see these activities as being really great for those families. It would also work well in a classroom. I've gotten a few ideas from it that I plan to incorporate in programs too. ...more
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Packed with ideas to jump start writing and storytelling, this book is a great tool for elementary teachers. I'll be using some to the ideas here in my digital storytelling class. A good addition to a professional collection. ...more
Brindi Michele
i like this book for ideas for crafty kids (finding different ways for the kids to tell a story) it has great ideas for creating my own "props" for story time. (It's all about saving money where you can.) ...more
Jennifer Fischer
We're homeschoolers and I think this book will be a helpful resource for us. I've been looking for some ways to help spark creative storytelling with my children and this book gave me some new ideas. I'm looking forward to doing these activities with them! ...more
Karen Maurer
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
This book is more about creating stories than about "telling" stories. (Storytellers tend to make that differentiation.) The crafts are accessible to young tellers and somewhat older tellers alike. I am enjoying the book. ...more
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: projects, kid-stuff
I want to make one of everything! The creative storytelling sparks are not just for kids but can be enjoyed by all ages. Can't wait to put more to use both at home and at work. More fun and play in 2017! ...more
Definitely for the older kids, but a lot of inspiration here.
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of these are a little advanced for storytime activities, but so much fun for a weekend at home! Lots of cute ideas complete with templates, extension activities, and more.
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-reading
This seems like it would be a great book to use for homeschool. I will get it again when we're ready for this level. ...more
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