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Who doesn’t love a good story? People have been telling stories...well, forever. Stories help us learn. They let us travel to faraway times and places and experience new things. So get ready, because this adventure is all about the magic of storytelling.

For Grown-Ups

What You’ll Need

Your CKJR Toolkit. What’s in the Toolkit?
  • Blocks (plastic, wooden, cardboard, magnetic—anything to build with!)
  • Play Doh (store bought or homemade)
  • A bin for water, plus cups, scoops, and spoons
  • Figurines (small animals, dinosaurs, or people)
  • A big roll or pad of paper
  • Washable paints, crayons, markers, and any other easy-to-clean art supplies

Plus

  • A bag
  • Objects to put in your story bag (these could be items from your CK Jr. Toolkit or other household objects. Think things like measuring spoons, keys, batteries, buttons, holiday decorations, a mask, etc.)
  • Tape
  • A stapler
  • Photos of your camper at different points in their life
  • Props or costume pieces to go with your camper’s folktale (optional)

Family Activity

This adventure is all about storytelling—from fables and fairytales to biographies and stories told through pictures and movement. As a family, enjoy a viewing of “Khumba,” an animated film that tells a new version of a familiar tale: a story about a zebra born with only half its stripes. It’s streamable for free on YouTube (with ads). As always, check the Common Sense Media review to make sure it’s a good fit for your family.

For an outdoor activity, look for a StoryWalk near you. Many public libraries offer these free outdoor adventures that allow children to follow the pages of a story from beginning to end. Check your local library or children’s museums for opportunities nearby.