From 27th January – 3rd February 2018, it is National Storytelling Week, held by The Society for Storytelling.
The week is the perfect chance for families to come together and celebrate the power of telling stories, an oral tradition which was the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative imagination!
Storytelling isn’t just a fun activity for children and young people, it can also have a significant impact on their psychological development. Not only can it improve their language skills and imagination, but their ability to tell their own story, articulate their emotions and make themselves heard.
Stories can provide insight into the world and how it works, of strange places, the distant past and possible futures. Stories can particularly help a child to understand themselves and others; to gain insight into thoughts and feelings; to be empathic and build relationships with others.
Storytelling can be useful for foster children to help strengthen their relationship with their foster carers, as the process of telling and listening to stories can build attachments and relationships.
The storyteller’s own reactions, both in how they tell and talk about the story, can create an environment that brings well-being and playfulness to the relationship.
Go on, join us in celebrating National Storytelling Week and find time to sit down the with the family to tell some inspiring stories!