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Once Upon a Time...

People have been telling stories forever. In fact, stories are passed down from one generation to the next. They come in many forms, but all stories have a few things in common. What makes a story...a story?

For Grown-Ups

What you’ll need

  • Your CK Jr. toolkit

  • 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.)

Ask About Today

What are some important parts of every story?

Explore

est. 30 min

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Sing About a Story

Learn about the important parts of every story with this silly singalong.

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The Storyteller

Next, explore the history of storytelling in Morocco.

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Medhi’s Tale

Now that you’ve learned a little bit about Morocco, listen to a story told by a Moroccan storyteller, Medhi El Ghawy.

Create

est. 30 min

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Make a Story Bag

You’ll always have an idea for a story after this activity!

Toolkit Materials:

Other Materials:

A bag; objects to put in your story bag (these could be items from your CK Jr. Toolkit or other household objects like measuring spoons, keys, batteries, buttons, holiday decorations, a mask, etc.)

Grown-Ups

Work with your camper to make a story bag by putting some small curiosity-sparking household objects or toys in a bag. (As an alternative for slightly older campers, you can cut up scraps of paper and write a quick story prompt on each piece, then put all the papers in the bag. Here’s a list of good prompts.)

Kids

Pick an item from your story bag and make up a story about that item. Tell your stuffed animal friends (or your grown-up if they’re available!). Draw a picture to go with your story, too.

Listen and Draw

Close your eyes. This activity is all about listening and imagining!

Toolkit Materials:

Grown-Ups

Play a story from Story Time, a storytelling podcast for kids.

Kids

Close your eyes, listen, and see if you can picture the story in your head. When you’re ready, draw something to go along with it! Or you can just keep listening.

Read

est. 10 min

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There’s a Dragon in Your Book!

What will happen to the dragon in your book? Find out in this story by Tom Fletcher, with pictures by Greg Abbott, and read aloud by Michelle Obama.

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Sam Tells Stories

Sam loves telling stories—but at his new school, some of his stories get him into trouble. Listen along to this story by Thierry Robberecht, with pictures by Philippe Goossens.

Move

est. 30 min

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Moana Yoga

Stretch, bend, and move while you listen to the story of Moana in this Cosmic Kids yoga adventure.

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