Getting your children involved in storytelling is a great way to stimulate children’s imagination and extend their play. Inspiring a love of stories and storytelling is one of the best ways to prepare children for a lifetime of learning and enjoyment through reading.
We want to get people involved in storytelling whether it’s picking up a book to read to your child at bedtime or sitting down and making up a story together it can be a bonding and enjoyable experience. In April we challenged some of our favourite mummy bloggers to write their own short stories with their kids. The themes and characters in the story were set for them by another blogger and child team. We’ve got 4 great stories to share with you from our mummy bloggers and their mini co-authors. We will be posting one story a day for the rest of the week.
The first our stories is from www.cardiffmummysays.com with the title Grandma’s Cake
By Little Man O, aged 3.5, with a little help from Cardiff Mummy
Lily has brown hair with a little bit of white and yellow. She is four. She lives in a castle. It’s got orange, red and yellow on the roof, and silver and gold. It is a beautiful castle.
Lily is in fact a princess. The Queen is her Grandma. The Queen is kind and helpful and a nice Grandma. She reads Lily stories and Lily reads stories to her Grandma. They play dominos together and go on the trampoline. It is blue and silver.
It was the Queen’s birthday and Lily wanted to do something kind to say happy birthday and thank you to her Grandma for looking after her. She’d already got a present for the Queen – more dominos. She also wanted to get the Queen a birthday cake to say thank you for being the best Grandma in the world.
So she put on her silver shoes and went to the cake shop. Not just any cake shop – the best cake shop in the whole wide world. It has the best cakes – they taste like a sweetie rainbow and sugar with a little bit of cinnamon and a tiny bit of raisins. Yum yum yum yum yum yum.
She went into the sweet shop and saw so many cakes. Big cakes, bigger than anyone else’s cakes. Some were orange, some were white and pink. One had a leg on it. Not a real leg from a person. A sweetie leg. Lily tried a bit and it tasted yum yum yum yum yum yummy in her tummy.
In the middle of the shop was a cake in the shape of a castle. It was bigger than all the other cakes in the shop. Lily told the man in the shop she would like this one. “Thank you,” she said. The cake looked heavy but Lily was a super strong princess and she carried it all the way home and she did not drop it and did not eat even one little bit.
The Queen was so happy to see the cake. She invited the whole kingdom in to the castle to share it. The people were so happy and said ‘thank you for inviting us to the party’. All the children got party bags and all the grown-ups too. When everyone went, Lily realised she had not had any cake as she was too busy making slices for everyone else. She was so sad. “Don’t worry,” said Grandma who is also the Queen. “I saved you a piece to say thank you. This is the best birthday ever.”