story + art = great stART – Story Telling (Stars & Bunnies)

This week we are doing something a little simpler again. I am aware that some of my craft puts some people off (I know some of you don’t have the space for messy painting). We like the simple things too. And today’s story + art came about all by itself and all started backwards.

Red Ted saw the bedtime stars we drew for Pip Squeak in her room again and said that he wanted to do some more.

So next time we sat down to “get crafty”, I cut some more stars out. Whilst he started to colour them, thrifty me, thought I’d use some of the “scrap edges” to make some little men. Red Ted was delighted! So I made him a bunny. He was even more delighted. So I made him a bunny chain! Giggles.

I then got some coloured paper out (some of which used to be old ring binder divider) and set up a “grass & sky” background. Red Ted got to do the sticking [I was feeling guilty that we haven’t done much sticking..]. He loved it. He then did lots of “colouring”! I am so proud – look, he even gave one of the bunnies eyes and a mouth – not accidentally, but quite on puprose **proud mum**. He loved showing the finished picture to his little sister!

I then thought about “story + art” and how we could use this and remember my post re “Thank you cards” – and how storytelling is such a lost art in our society!

Storytelling has enourmous benefits:

  1. Bonding
  2. Bedtime wind down
  3. Creative development
  4. Learning the spoken word/ improved communication
  5. Decision making skills & learning from mistakes
  6. Reworking the day and feelings/ understanding your child better
  7. All of these have long term impact and even sets your child up with better “business skills” (believe it or not!).

Children are amazing natural storytellers and we really should nurture this. I recently came upon to amazing stories – here is one about The Lonely Cheese by Tornado boy. Another is within in the Mix & Match book that my neighbour’s 7yrs old made. Amazing kids!

My storytelling is definitely a little rusty.. and my story basically was a discription of a bunny party (with apple juice, cake and music, so says Red Ted).

Here is daddy’s (abbreviated story):

Red Ted and Daddy went for a walk one day. And as they were walking Daddy said, look the stars. If we see a shooting star you can make a wish! So Red Ted and Daddy watched the stars and the beautiful night sky. Then suddenly a shooting star they saw! Wow! It was so lovely and beautiful, that Red Ted almost forgot to make a wish. But he made one just in time! He wished for Mummy and Baby to be there too and POW! Mummy and Baby appeared. He then wished for a bunny. He loves bunnies [see our post on Da]! And POW! a Bunny appeared. And then he wished for LOTS of Bunnies. POW! POW! POW! lots and lots of bunnies everywhere. Red Ted and Daddy counted the bunnies. And then they had a party (with apple juice, cake and music, so says Red Ted). Lovely.

I hope you enjoyed our storytime!

PS a couple of days later, Red Ted drew this. Then handed me the paper and said “Mummy Read”. He obviously enjoyed story time related to his artwork!! **lovely**

Previous Craft Projects:

stART: Giraffe’s can’t dance – a Giraffe Loo Roll Marionette

stART: Chick – a Pop Up Card

Book & Cook: Alphabet Cookies – Learning through play

stART: Busy Airport – Cotton Wool Clouds and, erm, PIGS!

stART: Hit &Myth – a mix & match book for older children (>5yrs)    

stART: Story & Thank you time – inspirational thank you cards   

stART: Hurray for Fish – one for babies or messy toddlers!    

stART: Bedtime Star – Red Ted, makes a starry night for Pip Squeak’s nursery   

stART: The Way Back Home, Oliver Jeffers – Red Ted makes a plane and a UFO   

Craft: Peg animals – toddlers can help!

18 responses to this post.

  1. This post is fab!!! lovely pics too 😀


  2. This is so cute! I had completely forgotten about cutting out chains of objects. We’ll need to try that. Thanks for the lovely mention. Tornado Boy had so much fun creating the Lonely Cheese book.


    • Posted by Red Ted Art on June 2, 2010 at 12:19 pm

      Was very impressed with his Lonely Cheese book! Hope mine enjoy stories that much one day! x


  3. This is a brilliant idea. Thank you so much. Stuck at home with three (including two with chicken pox) L and I will definitely be doing this tomorrow.


    • Posted by Red Ted Art on June 3, 2010 at 6:43 am

      Oh no!! Sorry to hear about the chicken pox!!! Hope tha story telling captures their imagination!!!! 😉 check out the “Lonely Cheese” link in the post too – fabulous story telling by a “little un”. Guess the best thing though is not to force it and go at their pace. Have fun! xx


  4. Very nice! And, no wonder he was thrilled with the bunny chain – it’s adorable 🙂


  5. Great post! My kids love to tell stories too.


  6. I really like his art. And I love storytelling as well 🙂


  7. What a wonderful little star/bunny story. It’s neat that he enjoyed illustrating this special story and added all his own little touches. I also love to make paper chains and think your bunny chain is perfect.


  8. What a great craft. We love both simple and messy craft projects so don’t worry about putting us off because you won’t. I loved your views on the benefits of storytelling. We feel the same way.

    Don’t you just love it when your child proudly shows you something that he created? I know I do.
    Thank you for sharing!


  9. What a cute little story and I love the bunnies and stars. Nice job momma (and daddy)


  10. We do lots of complicated crafts often too.

    This looks like lots of fun.


  11. hmmmm…yeah, that’s it, I don’t have the room to make a mess, not that I’m completely craft challenged…..


  12. Oh! I’m saying AMEN to this post! Storytelling is huge in a child’s life. What a fun and happy mommy you are. I love to see and hear about your joy as a mother.


  13. Posted by Amy @ Hope Is the Word on June 8, 2010 at 12:14 am

    This is fabulous! I love how it “started backwards.”


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