Story Telling is a funny indoor game that involves creating a story as a team. Because this game is all about adapting on the fly, it should be a fit for all school-age kids. This Story Telling game can be used either as an ice-breaker, to get the attendees to get to know each other and to have fun developing a story, or as a team building activity that gives those participating the chance to work together as a team.
- number of players: from 5 children
- age: from 6 years old
- supplies: paper & pens
- Played indoors
- Duration: 20 min
How to play the Team Story Telling game?
The point of this activity is to gather all the participants together and let each player take a turn at adding to a story line. For example, the first player will start off by creating the first sentence – or phrase- of a story.
It can literally be anything. The next player will then add a second sentence or phrase to the story. Go around the group, letting each person contribute a part, until the story is wrapped up by the last player.
The game can become unwieldy and people may lose interest if there are too many people. If you have more than a dozen people, I recommend you split up into separate groups and let each group develop a separate story. The story can be played out loud or it can be written down a sentence at a time on a piece of paper and passed from person to person, to be read out loud at the end. Players can be highly creative, leaving the story hanging after introducing an unusual phrase.
To add to the level of difficulty, have each participant write the name of a person, a place, or an object on separate pieces of paper. Then mix up the paper and have each person draw an item to use as part of their contribution to the story.
The educational advantages of the game
- helps kids understand narrative structure
- works colloquial language
- improves vocabulary
- sparks creative thinking
- keeps kids entertained
- minimal physical exertion
- encourages imagination
- improves listening skills
- learning and listening to the rules of the game
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