Stories to Grow

A podcast for kids from 4 to 10 who love listening, writing, and telling good stories. Each podcast will feature a story, a visualization, and an activity to do offline.

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Monday Jan 25, 2021

from Tales of Nokomis by Patronella Johnson. This is a story of the Objiway people on Manitoulin Island. Image by ADGC from Pixabay

Wednesday Apr 29, 2020

Story by C. J. Taylor. Image by Andrea Bohl from Pixabay.  

Monday Apr 27, 2020

Listen to this story about four men who were given wishes. Then take a piece of paper and fold it twice so that you have 4 quarters. Draw 4 things: a wish for yourself that might not be good for you (but it would be fun); a wish for yourself that would be good for you; a wish that would make you stronger or safer, and a wish you would make that would help other people.

Sunday Apr 19, 2020

This story is called Jit-Ga-Rohn-Doh. I adapted it from a Mohawk story told by Alma Greene that I read more than 20 years ago.  Would you like to draw your own sleeping fox? I found some good instructions here.

Sunday Apr 05, 2020

In the story, Vasilisa has a doll that listens to her and encourages her. It even does some magic for her. Pick a doll, stuffed animal or pet that you really have, and write a story about how they help you when you are scared or lonely. Think about how you could look after them to show them that you love them too.

Saturday Mar 28, 2020

After listening, you could make an anklet out of beads on a string or paper rings. Or  draw a crested dove like the one in the story. Here's a link that will help you know what it looks like.  Image of anklet by Steven Yu, Pixabay.

Wednesday Mar 25, 2020

The best story activity of all is to learn a story and tell it to someone else. Here are two little stories. Draw pictures to help you remember them. Then tell them to someone else. That's how stories grow.

Sunday Mar 22, 2020

Here's a story I really love about a princess who becomes a mouse who becomes a queen. There was a problem with the recording, so we won't get to visit our gardens, but you can make a great mouse-shaped book using this video I made for you.

Thursday Mar 19, 2020

Discover how one small baby defeated a powerful, magic warrior. And then use this link to make an 8 page mini book and draw or write your own story about a baby who won't do what it's told.

Tuesday Mar 17, 2020

Listen to the story and visit your garden to play like a monkey. Then write or draw the story of what you imagined. Or visit this link for a cool monkey craft.

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