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November 2, 2013 1:42 AM Subscribe
Help papa become a better bedtime storyteller.
posted by brappi to human relations (37 answers total) 55 users marked this as a favorite
Lately, as an alternative to reading the same books again and again, I've been trying to tell bedtime stories to my 5-year old daughter where she, her little sister (3) and her papa are the main characters.
I start with a simple premise, ("One day, baloney and macaroni* and their papa were walking through the woods when...") and I get to an event ("they found a big red box in a tree...") but then I get stuck as to where to go from there.
My only real go-to trick has been to get her to tell the story ("so, what did baloney see in the box?" or "what did baloney do next?") which is fine, but I'd like to be able to tell a real story that grabs her (or goes on happily until she nods off), rather than stringing along a series of random events.
What tricks, themes or thinking-on-my-feet strategies can I use to weave a better tale and send her off to sleep dreaming sweet dreams?
*not their real names.