Please welcome Mari Tuten from Inspired by Family Magazine...
Mari shares so many great ideas at Insired by Family Magazine. She shares everything from yummy food ideas, like this delicious looking Chicken Tortilla soup, to adorable kid crafts, like these paper bag crafts and many simple DIY home ideas too, like this lace and burlap garland and this fantastic Pallet Wall Hanger, which I simply MUST make! Today she shares with us how she gets stories started in their home.
Jane asked me to be a part of her series Make It Up! and I was excited to join in the fun. I truly enjoy being a creative person and also finding ways to encourage my boys to discover their creative medium. Unfortunately, sometimes every day mundane task get in the way, like homework, dinner, bathing, etc... you know all of those after school routine essentials. This was the incentive I needed to get back to our "Imagine It Game" that we had enjoyed in our home at bedtime. I have three boys and they love to be silly, pick their nose, dance and all things imaginative play. It's really interesting to listen in on their play time, they like to use words like super heroes, boogers, bad guys, toilet, poo. Add to that interesting noises like cars crashing, ambulance sirens, swords colliding "Kashhhha," and guns firing. Needless to say, our story time can be quite interesting in our home. Our make up story time, "Imagine It" started with: Dr. Seuss. My son picked "And to Think I Saw it On Mulberry Street" for his bedtime story. When the story ended I thought it would be fun to imagine that we were in a different place not lying in our bed, and pretend just like Marco did on his way home from school. It was simple we just closed our eyes and layed on my queen size bed and imagined that we were in an interesting part of the world doing something adventurous. Once my son was in space jumping off the moon. Another time I was skydiving in Switzerland and landed in my hot jacuzzi. That was the beginning of our make it up story fun. Well, my husband and I take turns doing the bedtime routine. So before I knew it weeks had gone by and we had forgotten about our storytime. I found my boys requesting our "Imagine It" story fun as soon as our bedtime story was done so I figured out a way to incorporate it into our life. I came up with our storytelling fort! In our fort, is where we come together after school and enter the world of make believe. We forget about homework, a bad day, getting beat at practice.... and we become what ever we want, and live where ever we want and have all the super powers we have only dreamed of (like snapping our fingers and the dishes are clean) and we can be as silly as we want. What you need is a bag and some objects for your Make It Up storytelling fun. We call our storytelling fun the "Imagine It" game. Ask each child to find 3 small objects from around the house to put in the bag, they can pick any 3 objects as long as they fit in the bag. They can't tell anyone what objects they put inside the bag. Once all have picked 3 items you close the bag and sit in a circle, fort, couch or where ever your creative juices can start flowing. You choose one person in the circle to start the story. The first person without peaking pulls out an item and includes that item in their story. It can be their prompt or just a part of the story. They only start the story, they don't finish it. Then the bag is passed to the next person and they also pick an object from the bag and continue the same story that was started by the first person and so on until you get to the last person who finishes the story incorporating their object that they pulled out. This is also a fun activity to do at the dinner table or around the campfire. I will spare you all the details of our silly story but here is a snippet: Aliens in Africa who were eaten by a poopy diaper.... Seriously, every time we do this we can't even tell our story because we are laughing so hard.
Thank you so much for joining the fun Mari. What a great idea to get everyone involved. I especially love that you never know what you are going to pull out of the bag when it's your turn! Oh, I can imagine the stories! And, what a great way to connect with each other at the end of a busy day. (Ps. "And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street is one of our favorite Dr. Seuss books!)