In the News: Telling a story right out of the bag in preschool

We have been doing some more exploring with story telling. I recently shared with you how to make story stones and this week, I had the pleasure of going on Indiana Fox 59 Morning News to share other ways to promote story telling.

This week we told stories using a story telling bag

To begin, we had the children collect things from around the room to put in our bag. Each child chose one object and dropped it into the bag…

The children then took a turn taking something out of the bag and setting it on the floor in front of the group…

As each object is taken out of the bag, we use that object to help tell our story. Telling stories is not easy for young children so one way to help young children participate is by giving the children a starter sentence such as “Along came a horse and he ate a….” Each time a new object gets pulled out of the bag – then that object eats the next one.  The horse ate the apple -the apple ate the police car – and so on.   It doesn’t have to make sense at this point – it is about building connections with the objects and helping children think ahead as to what they will say when it is their turn….

Once, all the items are out of the bag, you can sequence the items in order of your story; “What came first in our story? What came next?”

You can see more tips for story telling ideas in my news segment….

View Deborah’s tips on the news…

If you are viewing this post through a reader or by email, you can click on the link or come to my blog to see my 3 minute news segment.

Links to grow on…

Story Telling Jar by Honey Bee Books

Story Stones by Happy Hooligans

Story Telling Pathway by Preschool Lesson Plans

Story in a Bag by This Little Project

Light Table Story by Strong Start

The Story Stick by the Butterfly Jungle

I am linking this post up with No Time For Flash Cards Link and Learn! and with Feels Like Home: Share Your Sunday Best!

By |2011-09-03T18:00:25+00:00September 3rd, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Ms. Jessi September 4, 2011 at 12:50 am - Reply

    What a great idea! I’ve always wanted to find a way to get them into storytelling. And, may I say…great job on the news! 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 4, 2011 at 1:26 am - Reply

      Why thank you Ms. Jessi:)

  2. EdH September 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    I love this idea! Every night before bed, since our youngest was 4 or so, I tell him a story. But not any story – we make it up based on his make-believe kingdom of Whiskershnaw, and their beloved King Cheesypants. After a while, it gets a little hard to innovate on the fly every night, so sometimes we would tell it together (alternating words or sentences or paragraphs as we go), or some other twist. He is 10 now, and we stil do it!

    I need to find a way to try this variation…thx!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 17, 2011 at 12:46 am - Reply

      I find it hard to innovate all the time:) You must be a great story teller!!

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