Early Learning Café Resources

StoryMaking

by Susan Ramsay and Guest Contributors

What is StoryMaking?

StoryMaking is a place of inspiration for educators to nurture children’s agency as storytellers, and children’s meaning making through story.

In this section you’ll find examples of how books, co-created stories, images, play materials, art, and natural items have been used to invite children into a deeper understanding of themselves, and their relationship with others and the natural world.

Story Making with Blocks

Story Making with Blocks

Not all stories begin with a book or pictures. Often, stories emerge through connection to place. It was playtime in this small-town kindergarten classroom. The children could choose from a selection of materials during this time. Noah was decisive. “I want to build...

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Shades of People

Shades of People

It began with a fact, a belief, an observation … and a book — Shades of People. We decided to take the idea of skin tones being like colours we find in nature to make watercolour paints from natural materials. Used this StoryMaking art activity to explore complexity of diversity with children in your program.

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Co-Creating Stories with Children (includes video)

Co-Creating Stories with Children (includes video)

I’ve never needed to be convinced of the importance of stories in children’s lives. Once upon a time stories, real-people stories, nature stories, adventure stories, fantasy stories – the value of stories goes well beyond helping children develop language and literacy skills, or helping children find calm or stillness at certain times of the day.

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