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Rescuing Bedtime Stories: 4 Ways to Create Stories When You’re Storied Out

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Sharing bedtime stories with your child is an important night-time ritual for many parents. In fact, research has shown that children of parents who have bedtime stories show increased brain activity, particularly vocabulary and logic skills. Those skills will serve as the foundation for a better reader for the rest of their life. Bedtime stories also deepen your relationship with your kids and help to establish a bedtime routine (something every parent needs for their child). It’s also a time for both parents and children to wind down for the day.

Having said that, coming up with a bedtime story for your child EVERY night can be a little overwhelming. You can only read the same books so many times before your child gets bored. You can only talk about the same characters (princesses and superheroes) for so long.

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Courtesy of Pixabay

So what do you do when your child asks for a story and your mind goes blank?

 

1. Put your child in the story.

Whether it’s princesses or superheroes (or superhero princesses), allowing your child the opportunity to be in the story stretches their thinking muscles and enhances their linguistic skills. It also gives the chance to develop and enhance another muscle, their imagination.

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Courtesy of Pixabay

2. If you are reading a book, ask  them, “What do you think happens next?”

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Courtesy of Pixabay

3. Put your child in the storyteller’s seat. Ask them to tell you their favorite story.

Asking your child to retell a story back to you gives you (the master storyteller) a break. In addition to allowing them to practice another important skill, memory. Because children (actually everyone) remembers what they believe is important, allowing your child to tell the story gives you a front row seat into what your child values.

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Courtesy of Pixabay

4. Take an old  story and add a unique spin to it.

This is an old trick that people ranging from writers to Disney use. Take an old story that everyone knows like “Red Riding Hood” and re-imagine it. What is Red Riding Hood could fly? What if Jack didn’t climb the beanstalk, choosing to take the elevator?

Courtesy of Pixabay

Courtesy of Pixabay

The point of these suggestions is to make storytelling fun and interactive. Storytime should not be a tired old routine that you do because you have to. Storytime should be an important time for your child to relax and develop the skills that will serve them in their lifetime.

 

 

 

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Create Your Own Night Buddies Adventure! (Part I)

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Crosley

Ol’ Sands has created the whole Night Buddies world for us, and now it’s your turn! When you fill out the missing words in this Mad Lib, you’ll have created the first section of your very own Night Buddies stories. Let’s get started!

Last night, John could not (verb) a wink. It was time for a Night Buddies Adventure. Crosley, his (adjective), (adjective) crocodile friend, showed up just in time for their night’s Program. But all he wanted to do was (verb) a (adjective) pineapple cheesecake!

“We have to (verb) past my (noun) first,” John said. Crosley let John climb up onto his shoulders and he put the I-aint-here doodad between his (body part). They (past-tense verb) right past his parents sitting in the living room on the (noun)!

Before they could get to the Pineapple Cheesecake Factory, John and Crosley ran into a (noun) of iguanas—with squirt guns! They pointed them right at Crosley and sprayed (noun) all over him!

Crosley immediately broke into the Black Bottom (verb), wriggling and jiggling all around. The iguanas (past-tense verb) and high-fived, but they didn’t know what I had behind my back…

“Take that!” I yelled, and whipped my last pineapple cheesecake out to (verb) at them. Boy, they sure ran (adverb)!

“Where did you get that?” Cros asked once he was all dried off.

“Big Foot Mae (past-tense verb) me one, just in case of emergencies like this,” said John.

Then they (past-tense verb) on their way. It turned into one of the most (adjective) adventures they’d ever had!

Well, what do you think? Did you have fun with this? Let us know. John and Crosley always appreciate feedback from their fans!

 

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