Kids love to move, create and talk. Tell stories in a way that allows them to participate whether by making sound effects, physically getting involved in the story, constructing props to use in the story or interacting with characters involved.
Here are some ideas used in Dr. Jones and the Secret of the Lost Keys:
1. The kids create the Nile river complete with bulrushes for the Moses in the basket story.
2. Dr. Jones introduces the story. This dramatic character does not just deliver a monologue but interacts with the kids. Having a “live” person do this instead of showing a video of the drama allows kids to participate. The actor ad libs depending on the response the kids give.
3. Get the kids physically involved in the story. Tell the story of the 10 plagues while kids act out the plagues on Pharaoh. Red sticker dots become boils. Clothespins become locust. Rice become gnats.
Get kids involved with the story in ways that provide memorable moments. Kids retain more by doing and talking than just watching and listening.