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

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Set Sail on Storytelling Adventures

Forty fun and rewarding activities encourage children to shape their everyday imaginings into rich narratives. Doing craft projects specially designed to jump start storytelling, kids draw, play with words, explore the outdoors, and ...
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Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling

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Overview

Set Sail on Storytelling Adventures

Forty fun and rewarding activities encourage children to shape their everyday imaginings into rich narratives. Doing craft projects specially designed to jump start storytelling, kids draw, play with words, explore the outdoors, and create characters and settings with everything from found stones to rubber stamps. Their crafty play prompts memorable stories that the whole family or classroom will love to hear and read.

Telling stories helps children:
-Learn and use new words
-Articulate scary or sad feelings
-Share experiences with new friends
-Preserve family memories
-Have fun during car trips
-Cope with fear and loss
-Nourish the imagination
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Editorial Reviews

Dr. Toy
Best Picks winner in Dr. Toy's 2012 Best Children's Products Program
2012 National Parenting Publications Awards

Honors winner in the Book category

Parenting Magazine Group
“A must-have book for parents and teachers, this amazing book is full of creative ideas to develop a child’s storytelling skills. From story stones to picture tales to story maps, your children’s imagination will blossom as they enjoy the activities listed in this book. Regardless of their reading level, this book is a great tool for developing reading comprehension, sequence, characters, setting, plot, and so much more.”
From the Publisher
“Unique and beautiful … this book can be the beginning of endless hours of creativity for both kids and the grown-ups who spend time with them.”

“Public and school libraries will want this rich, innovative craft book in their collections.”

Winner of a2012 Family Choice Award

Toy
Best Picks winner in Dr. Toy's 2012 Best Children's Products Program
Cool Mom Picks
Best Picks winner in Dr. Toy's 2012 Best Children's Products Program
Homeschool.com
Honors winner in the Book category
Washington Family Magazine
“Parents, teachers, and child-care providers will find plenty of inspiration in these projects, and children will enjoy using them in their creative pursuits.”
Scrapbooking & Beyond
“Low on tech, high on terrific”
MassMoms
“Have you ever thought about combining craft projects and story telling? What an ingenious idea!”
San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review
“This book is truly a great resource”
NBCLatino.com
“What memories and people – especially families – are all about: stories (both true and imagined), told and retold within groups of people. This is an official rave.”
The Deseret News
“Each craft project is presented in an easy-to-follow way, with colorful photographs of the adorable and fun-looking projects.”
Children's Literature - Kim Harris Thacker
Whether readers are parents, teachers, summer camp leaders, babysitters, or older children, they will find this book to be a definitive resource for storytelling ideas. The four main sections of the book include a "story starters" section, a "story evolution" section, a "story activities" section, and a "story play" section, each of which is chock full of projects intended to inspire the minds of future storytellers. The projects can be easily adapted to any age or skill range, and there are numerous tips for such adaptation. Though the title lists "40 Craft Projects," that number does not reflect the many simple suggestions that Neuburger makes to elaborate on or tweak the forty main projects. Readers will enjoy the friendly, helpful tone of the book and will delight in the bright photographs that show Neuburger's storytelling ideas in action. This book is organized very clearly and contains a table of contents, an index, a materials list, and a list of websites for on-line stores that sell items that may be required for certain of the projects. Also included is a section devoted entirely to the more elaborate puppet theater project, which section supplies reproducible (and adorable) illustrated puppets. Truly, this is a must-have book for anyone who is interested in helping children to get creative with words. Reviewer: Kim Harris Thacker
Library Journal
Creative play is vital for children's development, and teacher and craft blogger Neuburger focuses on a variety of crafts designed to inspire and encourage creative play in children from grade school through early adolescence. The craft projects are generally simple and low-cost and do not require specialized supplies, and age ranges are provided both for crafting and using the finished product. Neuburger supplies prompts and directions for each craft, as well as a variety of tips specifically for teachers using these projects in their classrooms. VERDICT Parents, teachers, and child-care providers will find plenty of inspiration in these projects, and children will enjoy using them in their creative pursuits.
School Library Journal
This collection invites children between the ages of 5 and 12 to create stories about their everyday lives and imaginings. Divided into four sections ("story starters," "story evolution," "story activities," and "story play"), the book provides a variety of projects to make and use. Each one includes a list of materials, clear step-by-step instructions, teaching tips, and other ideas that can be adapted for younger or older children. Bright photographs feature boys and girls engaged in each activity. Story prompts painted on wooden disks and worn as necklaces; a pretend neighborhood created with wood, paper, and craft foam; a story terrarium in a glass jar; and a traveling puppet theater with tongue-depressor puppets are among the projects. A reference desk game provides information, a time-line mural promotes sequencing, and word lists inspire characters and settings. Outside activities encourage children to observe and think like storytellers, and their stories-whether written or told-come together. With binoculars and treasure maps from their adventure kits, they can experience the stories they have created. Back matter includes templates and puppet-theater backdrops. Public and school libraries will want this rich, innovative craft book in their collections.—Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603428972
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 8/29/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 378,051
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author

Emily K. Neuburger is a teacher, a freelance children's craft designer, and the author of Show Me a Story. She writes about creative living and unexpected treasures on her blog, www.redbirdcrafts.com, and on the Family Fun magazine blog, Everyday Fun. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction
-Tell More Stories (They're Good for You)
-Be Inspired
-Play!
-Go!
-Observe!
-Using This Book

Story Starters
-Story Disks
-Cut and Tell
-Story Pool
-Story Dice
-Story Blocks
-The Parts of a Story
-Beginning, Middle, End
-Story Grab Bag
-These Are the Stories in My Neighborhood
-Magnetic Story Board
-Story Sparks

Story Evolution
-Story Stones
-Traveling Puppet Theater
-Memory Cards
-Story Mat
-Storytelling Jar
-Storybook
-Story City
-Story Map
-Story Soundtrack
-Storytelling Kit

Story Activities
-Storytelling Walk
-Picture Tales
-Truth or Tale?
-Fill In the Blanks
-Story-Disk Chain
-Build a Story
-Word Tags
-Word Lists
-The Reference Desk
-Create the Past
-Story Ping-Pong
-1,2,3 Scribble & Tell
-Story Timeline
-Timing Is Everything

Story Play
-Magical Mailbox
-Magic Pebbles
-Magic Flower Wand
-Story Sets
-Adventure Kit
-Story Scenery

Materials
Templates
Puppet Theater
Puppets
Photo Credits
Acknowledgments
Index
Puppet Theater Backgrounds
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  • Posted October 5, 2012

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    Inspiring and Spark-ing

    "Show Me a Story" is one of the most inspiring books I've ever read for sparking children's storytelling abilities and imagination through crafts and activities. As a long time author of process art books for kids, I'm pretty picky about what I consider "good for kids", and this one measures up. It partners well with "Storybook Art" or "Making Make-Believe", which value imagination, play, and creativity. Emily and I see children the same way, as amazing beings just waiting to share their mind's unending creative treasures. Amy gives some really great ideas for starting the flow of imagination, and for valuing storytelling. Good job, Amy!! Love the photos and illustrations, too. ~ MaryAnn F. Kohl, www. brightring. com

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