Storybuilding is a cooperative story making technique – with a group of children the practitioner builds an original story e.g. using a range of objects to prompt the people, places and storyline. It is an ideal activity to develop speaking, listening and understanding skills in a fun and imaginative way. It is all about formulating and communicating ideas and as a supportive group task strengthens personal social and emotional development (PSED).
Having the confidence to lead what is essentially an improvised activity can be daunting for practitioners without a full understanding of the approach. The Little Book of Storytelling aims to make this useful and exciting technique accessible to all practitioners working in early years settings by explaining clearly, in a step by step manner, what Storybuilding is and how to begin using it in a typical setting.
The wide range of activities includes making stories through play, drama, music and art both inside and outside the classroom. There are also Storybuilding activities related to popular picture books typically found in settings including, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and The Very Hungry Caterpillar with clear guidance on how to use other popular stories for Storybuilding.