Story Bunny© Games
Story Bunny Games

These games can be used for most age groups of children. However, they may be more appropriate for small children or beginning tellers.

© 2003 Storytree Productions by Jerry & Ada Forney
Game #1- The Story Bunny Story. This is an original story about growing up and following your dreams. Read it aloud to your children. Once they are familiar with it, encourage them to tell the story back to you in their own words. Included is a B&W picture of Story Bunny for them to color. Click here to download a .pdf of the story and picture.

Game #2- Adopt-a-Book. Place six or more storybooks on a table. Mix them up and stack them like a deck of cards. The moderator then gives each child a book from the stack. This book now becomes their adopted book. What it means to adopt a book: They must care for the book and keep it in a special place. They can make a little cardboard house, bookcase, or carrying case for thier book and decorate it as they like. No drawing in the book. They must be careful not to soil the book with food or drink. They must become familiar with the story and the author and be able to tell the story in their own words (if possible). They can draw some of the characters from the book on a separate sheet of paper to color. The book they have adopted should become their friend. After a period of a week or two they should return the book to the moderator. Inspect the book and give the child a small reward (if applicable) when the book is returned in good condition. They can adopt another book if they wish or move on to another game.

Game #3 - Story Straws. This is a game that involves drawing straws for a story. This should be played with children who are old enough to recite a story back in their own words once they have heard it a few times. The stories should be short and easily familiar. Take some plain white straws and color them various colors (using colored tape or markers). List the stories on a piece of paper and assign each story a color matching one of the straws. Have your children draw a straw. Give them the matching story. Have each child tell their story in whatever order works out best for your special group of children (by age, by height or by alphabetical listing). Many variations on this game are possible. Variation #1 - the straws can be specialty straws with funny shapes or characters. Variation #2 - You can add plastic "jiggly eyes" to each straw and turn them into a character. Once the stories are completed you can gather the straws and use them in a story collage the entire group can assemble.

Game #4 - Story Seats. This game is a variation of musical chairs that involves storytelling. Arrange your chairs in a circle. Put a small table in the center of the chairs. Stack your story books on the small table. Make sure that you have one less chair than you have children. The children begin by standing on the outside of the circle of chairs (make sure there is enough room between the chairs for at least one child to pass through). The moderator gives the "Go!" command and the children all try to get a seat. One child should be left standing. The remaining child gets to pick a book from the stack to either read it aloud (age permitting) or recite in their own words. Once the child is done relating the story, the children all gather outside of the circle of chairs once more. The moderator gives the "Go!" command and the cycle begins again until all of the stories have been told. Many variations on this game are also possible. Variation #1 - Start with one MORE chair than there are children. Every child should get a seat. However, the child who winds up sitting to the right (or left, if you prefer) of the empty chair is the one designated to take a storybook from the table and begin reciting as before. Variation #2- Instead of using a center table the moderator hides one of the books either underneath or behind the chairs (if possible). The child left standing must look for the hidden book. When he or she finds it they either read it aloud (age permitting) or recite in their own words as before.

Game #5 - Story Fingers. This game makes use of a childs fingers to tell a story. While it is possible to use finger puppets from a catalog, it is much more fun to have the children create their own. The moderator should build a number of small puppet stages from shoeboxes before beginning this game. This can be done by carefully modifying the shoeboxes. Use a metal straight edge and exacto blade to cut a window out of the lid (draw guidelines on the inside of the lid before you cut and always place a piece of heavy cardboard on your working surface). Decorate the front part of your finger puppet "stage" if you wish. Next, cut out an access opening from the bottom (one of the long sides) of the shoebox large enough for a child's hand to enter comfortably. Then tape the lid on the box. Next, allow the children to select a story from a list of favorites. Once they have their story they should draw a small picture of the main characters (Three Little Pigs & Wolf, Hanzel & Gretel & Witch etc.) Once each child finishes their finger puppets it is time to begin the show. The moderator should introduce each child and their story (you can write this title on a piece of letter-sized paper and use it adjacent to the puppet stage, if you wish). Each child then acts out their story using their finger puppets. Be patient and give everyone enough time. Rehearsals will certainly help each child if there is enough time to do them beforehand. Be sure to encourage applause after every performance and request a big round of applause for the entire group once the show is over.

These games are designed to take familiar children's games and slant them towards storytelling. You might take other games like hop-scotch or jumping rope and add a storytelling angle. Creativity and group support are keys to making these games a success. Some Bunny's Story Seeds may someday bloom in the life of an adult person as public speaking, storytelling or acting.

The key, as always, is to enjoy these games every step of the way.

Have Fun!
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