I always refer to my two children as water babies as they absolutely love anything to do with water, and that includes swimming and all things related to the ocean and sea life. So we have a lot of books about fish on our bookshelf, but one of our favourites has to be Tiddler by Julia Donaldson.
It’s such a fun and creative story about a storytelling fish who likes to tell tall tales, so it’s the perfect book to base our fun storytelling prompt game on. It’s super easy to set up and great to get the creative juices flowing.
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What you will need for the Tiddler Story Telling Prompt Game
- Tiddler book
- Toy fish
- Strips of paper and pencil
How to play the Tiddler Story Telling Prompt Game
To start out I wrote out a few storytelling prompts on the pieces of paper (older children could help with this part). These were inspired by the book, but could also be created by the children as part of the activity.
Then we folded up the pieces of paper and hid them under the various fish on our tray. Next, we took turns to choose a fish and read out our storytelling prompt.
Ethan is just learning to read, so this was also a great way for him to work on sounding out unfamiliar words and put sentences together. He then came up with the most creative stories about what was happening to Tiddler and told them in fantastic ways. I was so impressed that he didn’t just copy stories from the book, he actually came up with his own tall tales. And if he started to get stuck I would ask him questions to keep the story going.
When it was my turn to tell stories I tried to model very detailed and elaborate tales for him to be able to hear and then imitate. He was listening so intently and really enjoying the game. We started out with just a few story prompts today, but we will definitely be playing this game again with more prompts and even more crazy stories!
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