Before I became a psychologist, I used to be a recreation director in San Francisco where I taught children’s acting classes. One of the many games I enjoyed playing with the children was a storytelling game. Each child took turns adding to the story which helped to build literacy, confidence and imagination. I have started doing various versions of this game with our children. It is a great game to play just about anywhere. We often play it in the car and they take turns starting the story.
Pass the Mitten Storytelling Game:
You will need:
- a mitten (or substitute anything you have on hand)
- children (That’s it!)
To play this version of the game, give the child who will start the game a mitten. Tell the child to begin the story with one sentence and then pass the mitten to the person sitting on the right. The next child will add a sentence until the story reaches a conclusion. The child with the mitten is likely to put it on. This adds to the fun of being the storyteller.
Child #1: Once upon a time, in the woods, there was a small house.
Child #2: It was a small house but it started growing.
Child #3: It grew so big that it bumped into the trees.
Initially, let the children go anywhere they want to go with the story. Once they have the idea of the game, encourage them to create and solve a problem in the story. They should not negate any contributions from other children. If one child says the house is small. The next child cannot say that there is not a house. If possible play several rounds or do the game on different days so that all the children have a chance to start a story. In a larger classroom, you can also have more than one circle of children doing the game simultaneously.
Check out more Mitten themed educational activities from the #TeachECE team:
Mystery Mitten Letter Sound Game by Growing Book by Book
Mitten Letter Matching on a Clothesline by Mom Inspired Life
Mystery Mitten Tactile Counting Game for Preschool! by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
Mitten Matching Activities for Preschool by Life Over C’s
3 Hands-On Mitten Activities for Preschoolers by Tiny Tots Adventures
Number Bonds 0-10 by Rainy Day Mumm
The Mitten Experiment by Powerful Mothering
Mitten Sight Word Games by The Educators’ Spin On It