A mother shares how she got into storytelling for kids and how it has helped her in explaining some valuable lessons of life.
Storytelling is an ancient art that is invaluable for kids across the globe. The little ones have an inborn love of stories. Thus, storytelling for kids is of utmost importance – it helps to not only create a magical world but develops a sense of wonder and sharpens their intellect and imagination as well.
Moreover, it is through storytelling that kids develop an understanding, respect and appreciation for other cultures and religions, which can promote a positive attitude in them from a very early age.
Sadly, this unique art is on the verge of extinction just like letter writing and book reading, with the advent of the digital age. But, hope is still there in the form of a latent revival.
As a mother, this ancient art of storytelling for kids fascinates me a lot and I make it a point to buy books (not intangible ebooks) for my little one as and when possible.
I would like to take this opportunity to share my wonderful experience with storytelling for kids that has impacted my daughter and her friends in understanding the big bad world outside. Here, I would like to particularly mention the story of Little Red Riding Hood and its symbolism as well.
Little Red Riding Hood lived in a cottage by the woods with her parents. One day, her mother told her, “Dear, your grandmother is unwell. Please take this basket of fruits and cakes to her, but remember, don’t talk to strangers on the way!” Promising not to, Little Red Riding Hood set off. But, on her way she met the Big Bad Wolf who asked her, “Where are you going, sweet little girl?”
The story ends with the wolf attacking grandmother, but the duo being rescued by woodcutters. Little Red Riding Hood then understands why mother told her not to talk to strangers.
Each time I read out this story aloud to my daughter or enact it in front of her, she would listen attentively with her eyes wide open. She now knows that she should not talk to strangers and. In the long run, this may also help her to understand the difference between good touch and bad touch.
As for me, I marvel at the way my little storyteller talks about Little Red Riding Hood to her friends and they all listen in awe. I get to revisit the sweet innocent childhood days through them. Storytelling for kids is a learning experience for adults as well!