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Storytelling Pajama Party
Reading
Type: Reading   Skills: Language & LiteracyPlay & CreativitySocial & Emotional Skills
Today’s activity encourages older kids to read to their younger counterparts. It’s really just a storytelling activity which is made special by simply turning it into a pajama party.

Storytelling Pajama Party
What We Learn
Setting and sequence of a story
Language skills
Older kids learn how to model a story
Younger kids learn to tell a story on their own
Supply List
Large pillows
Comforters
Large blankets
Books
How-To
First, make an official invitation announcing when the “pajama day” will be. Make sure children bring home the invitation to their parents. On pajama day, children should wear their pajamas and bring along a book or a favorite story they can share with the group. Children can also bring along a stuffed animal they like to bring to bed.

On pajama day, set up the bedtime story area with pillows, blankets, and comforters. Make the area comfortable for children. Don’t forget to change into your own pair of pajamas.

Begin the storytelling activity by first telling a story to the children. Continue the activity by encouraging the older children to each tell a bedtime story for the younger children. The story can be from a book they’ve brought or just a story they remember. Set limits on the stories so they won’t be too scary for the little ones.

Finally, encourage the younger children to try and tell a story of their own. Again, it can be a story they remember from a book or a story they make up as they go along. The goal for the younger children is just to be able to tell a story, no matter how short it may be.

If you care for only one child, then consider inviting other children who will help with the oral storytelling component. Also, you can invite other people like relatives, friends, or set up play dates with other children in the neighborhood. Remember that ALL children – whether they’re developing normally or have special needs – benefit from participating.
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