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The best ideas come from the children. How the 'tell me a story' invitation was born.

I truly believe the best ideas come from the children and 'Tell me a story' came from being asked this by a child.

There is always a story basket on hand to explore, retell and play with and perhaps this is where ‘Tell me a story’ came from but I do not know for sure.

Jay had begun to use loose parts and resources to create elaborate stories and play. I loved sitting and listening to them. After a couple of weeks I was invited to join them with ‘Tell me a story’. I was excited to be invited into the play and became a play partner as I paused and looked for guidance so that we could tell a story together.

I realised that I used this phrase often with story basket sharing and also in the art area to support and encourage children. I knew it worked but it wasn’t until I was asked it by Jay that I fully appreciated why. In that moment I felt I would be listened to, that I had a voice and was included. This was very powerful and created an open and accepting space to share.

This experience and wanting to support Jay’s interest led to the ‘Tell me a story’ board that has been used on a table, with a suitcase and tuff tray. I have set these up but now the children are doing it independently .

When I first started I had only a few items on the table, a ‘starter’ and loose parts on hand to be added. The ‘starter’ was based on the interests I had observed: Autumn, Matariki, kiwi, farms etc.