You will need
- Clothing and props (optional)
Before you begin
- Ask everyone to bring their favourite storybook to the meeting. If they want to, they could also bring items from the story or dress like a character.
- Take some spare books to the session in case anyone doesn’t bring their own book.
- You could split this activity across several meetings if there are lots of people in your group.
- Everyone should sit in a circle.
- Someone should read What Makes an Amazing Story by Jess Connett. Make sure to save a copy of this story before the session.
- After reading the story, everyone should take some time to reflect on it as a group. We’ve included some questions to help you reflect in the pink box below.
My favourite story
- Everyone should grab their stories (and any items or costumes they brought with them) and sit in a circle.
- The first person should share their story with the rest of the group.
- After the person has finished sharing their story, everyone else should give them a round of applause, thank them for sharing, and ask any questions they have.
- Everyone should continue repeating steps two and three until everyone’s shared their stories with the group.
This activity encouraged everyone to make a decision for themselves and be courageous. During the activity everyone had the opportunity to talk about a story which is special to them to the group or an adult.
What Makes an Amazing Story
- What makes the story you chose amazing for you?
- Are there any other stories you like that you didn't bring with you today?
My favourite story
- How did people feel when they were explaining their story to the rest of the group? Was it easy or hard?
- What did everyone like about other people’s stories?
- Was anyone nervous? Did anyone help their friends to be brave and share something about their story? How did it feel to help?
- Active games
The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.