Create memory making moments and build storytelling skills for kids this summer. Breaks from routines give us more time together, and what better way to use that time than by encouraging our kids to tell and share stories - their own, ours, and our families.
Try this games on road trips, around the campfire, back at the house after a long day at the beach, or during an afternoon at home when you start to hear the murmur of “I’m bored.”
Kids of all ages love to hear what the adults in their lives were like when they were their age. Gather around (or sit down with your kiddo if it’s just the two of you) and have your child ask the adults some interview questions about what life was like for them.
Questions to Ask
When you were my age, what was your favorite song?
What was your favorite thing to do when you were my age?
When you were my age, what did you do on summer vacation?
What was the hottest topic in the news the summer you were my age?
If you could choose to be a kid now or when you were growing up, what would you choose? Why?
Encourage your kids to record the answers. Write them down or set up the phone to record audio like a “real” interviewer.
Consider turning the interview into a project. Your kids could write up an article, prepare a presentation, or come up with other creative ways to document the stories family members share with them.
This shouldn’t feel like a have-to-do homework assignment. There are so many fun ways to get excited about documenting family history and family life. You will all be surprised to see the kind of connections, excitement and ideas a simple game like this can create.
Happy storytelling, friends. And happy story sharing, too!