Sing Me A Story

We will make your child's favorite storybook characters leap off the page through song, movement, and art!
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Using a favorite fairy tale or story as a base, we will add song, movement, and drawing or building to make stories on a page come to life - right in your living room! With 'Sing Me A Story' your child will get a well-rounded, creative and sensory experience, while also practicing essential reading and comprehension skills. Each session will include 3-4 songs associated with your chosen fairy tale, a story-focused dance/movement exploration, and time for your child to visually create the world of the story through drawing/coloring or building with blocks. Each session will also include reading the fairy tale together, guided discussions about the story, and integration of important storytelling concepts (characters, plot, setting, parts of a story) with dramatic play.

This is also a great option for a playdate, birthday party, or event! Children can work on teamwork and communication while creating a story with friends!

Age Group:

Materials

Storybook
Music for the appropriate story
Speaker/music amplifier
Favorite coloring supplies and paper and/or building blocks
Fun extra: Costume or outfit that resembles your child's favorite character

Disclaimer

As parents, it's important to make sure that activities are age appropriate and that allergies or medical conditions are communicated as you see fit.

Sometimes, a materials or other additional fee is charged. We do this to bring you the best possible activities. It's the Kid Expert's job to confirm any such fee in advance.

Sample Activities and Instructions

Read the story together with the child. Throughout story time, stop and ask questions like "Why do you think that character feels the way they do?" or "What would you do in this situation?"
After finishing the story the first time, go back through the illustrations and review the main parts of the story (character, plot, setting, beginning/middle/end). Who were the characters? What happened in the story? Where were they? What's the most important part of the story? How is the story different at the end than it was at the beginning?
Assemble coloring supplies/blocks and discuss the setting with the child. Let them use the 5 senses to discover their imaginary world. It is hot or cold? What season it? What types of colors are there? What are the sounds and smells? How does the setting help tell the story? Encourage them to be specific in their imagination and their artistic creation.
Lead the child in acting out the story. When you get to a part of the story where a song occurs, play and sing the song together. Make the song an active part of the storytelling by incorporating movement (a la "Going on a Bear Hunt") or a story-specific dance (Cinderella's dancing at the ball). Encourage them to be like the character who is singing and act out their actions and feelings. Also encourage them to imagine and incorporate their surroundings (it's COLD in the kingdom when Elsa freezes Anna!).
When you get to the end of the story, again check in with the child about the parts of the story and their character. Challenge them to remember all the things you acted out. And then, take a bow! You just put on your very own show AND learned the parts of a story! Bravo!