Story number 36. Finger paint is one of the most engaging and immediate mediums for storytelling. It is sensory, tangible, participatory and seems to appeal to all ages.
This is the first story I told for my 100 day storytelling challenge: to tell 100 stories in 100 days in hopefully 100 different ways. This story uses my thumbs for the two starring characters and it is a wonderful story to tell as a beginner storyteller. You can just watch your thumbs with an interested and focused face and ignore the audience!! Also if you are fascinated by your thumbs, your listeners will be too. We are all hardwired to experience limbic resonance through our mirror neurons and so the most important thing probably is that you enjoy yourself…. especially your mistakes. Children get so bored of experts! Have a go, invite the children to join you in the hand and arm gestures and you will be sweet. Next time, you can take Mrs Wiggle and Mrs Waggle somewhere that you and the children really want to go. (Storytelling tip: I always keep Mrs Waggle on my left hand, and Mrs Wiggle on the right. That way, they read alphabetically from left to right, and I don’t get muddled!)
There are infernally boring tidy-up songs, and then there are just the commands and then there are some nice ones which actually soothe the singer while chivvying others along. this is quite a nice song that I learned once.
Clean Up Time
Tick-tock goes the clock
What does it have to say?
Time for us to pick up our toys
and put them all away
https://blog.bellalunatoys.com/2014/waldorf-verses-songs-for-children.html. The video shows you the tune it is sung to.
She also has a song for folding the washing which would be great to follow onto my one… once they are old hands!! so to speak.
Corner to corner
Meet and greet
Fold our cloth so nice and neat!
….and here is my much more long winded version but which could be made fun? Folding washing
Check it out, it is sung to the tune of London Bridge is falling down.
I once wrote a hand washing one, because basically the ‘wet and forget’ strategy of 90% of children is simply, as I read with horror once, and primarily making ‘super highways for germs’. Better not to wash at all frankly!!
Here is a lovely passage from https://reggiokids.blogspot.com/ Which is also where the wonderful image of the tower of cotton reels and glass jars comes from….
“Where do you begin?
Naturally you must begin at the beginning!
You have a new group of preschoolers or kindergarten children, your environment is ready, the room is full of loose materials, provocations….
The children arrive and chaos erupts.
Your materials are everywhere. Dumped, disposed, and disheveled best describe your classroom.
And you wonder how and why this happened.
Aren’t the children supposed to know how?
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