Stories are an integral part of my life. I often tell my daughter stories during meal times to keep her glued to her seat. The idea of story telling came as she used to run here and there while eating making me run behind her every time to feed her a spoon of food. Thus feeding her had become a difficult task for me and finally I decided to put an end to it by engaging her with small stories. The idea clicked and she started asking me to tell her stories every time during her meals.
Every day objects, things that she saw became subject of my story and in this way through stories, I started teaching her new things and passing information to her about birds, animals, vegetables, etc making meal times playful and interesting. This took away a huge burden from my shoulders as she would get engrossed with the stories and eat without much fuss.
I also started buying educational toys and looking for new objects and things in my home to keep her occupied. The objects and creatures that are printed inside the new Colgate strong teeth packs were also very useful. They had colourful and attractive pictures of underwater creatures like mermaids, fishes, etc along with trivia about them. These have to be cut along the dotted line and played with. So I too got into this interesting activity by cutting the pieces in front of her and asking her to arrange them in a row. She arranged the pieces one by one on the table and I then took each piece and told her its name. It was hard for her to grab the names at first but as we started playing she got used to them and I then started telling her stories about underwater castle, fishes, ship, etc.
She instantly liked the idea of a magical sea world and carefully listened to my stories. One day she surprised me by coming up with her own story during her lunch. It is a very simple one but coming from 2 and half year old made the experience and the story more enjoyable. She took the sea horse, octopus and turtle in her hand and began telling the story.
Mumma listen..."the sea horse, octopus and turtle were friends, once they had a fight and they went to their homes. One day the shark tried to attack the sea- horse when he was sleeping, the octopus and turtle wanted to help him. So the octopus threw the turtle on the sea horse and the sea- horse got up with a jerk. They all ran and hid inside the sea- castle and locked the door. The shark tried to enter but could not open the lock. The sea- horse thanked the two and they all became friends again."
I never thought she would come out with such a nice and sweet story. It is indeed a great pleasure for we mothers when our kids surprise us with their endearing acts. I am sure you too would have heard wonderful stories from your children. Do share them in the comments section below.