To ask for bedtime story ideas?(16 Posts)
I need help, my imagination is running dry! I've gotten into a routine with 6 year old DD where, after I've read her normal story, we turn the lights off and cuddle up and tell each other a story that we made up. Said story generally has to be about 'a little girl' i.e. DD and the things that happen to her and I've been banned from just making up a story about whatever happened that day.
So please give me some plot ideas! Simple plots, the stories are generally just a few minutes long, five max really. Examples of stories I've told already are 1. Little girl gets lost in the forest, uses her brain to remember how to find her way out and so finds her way. 2. Little girl finds an old broken mirror in the garden which turns out to be a magic mirror that lets her go inside and play in another world with her mirror twin. 3. Little girl goes on holiday with her suddenly massive family. 4. Little girl makes friends with various animals.
Sounds like a lovely idea, here's some inspiration...
Sailing to an island
Finding a teddy on a walk and finding the owner
Making a tree house
Going on a rocket to the moon
Finding a key to a secret garden (not that original!!)
Girl discovering she has a secret hidden ability (to fly, to jump really high, swim like a dolphin etc etc)
My Mum used to tell me stories about three of my teddies going on adventures and I've told the ones I can remember to my children. They did things like having a picnic and be chased by a pig (I grew up on a farm). Recently my LOs and I had a long story chain about a little girl who had some 'grumpy pants' and all the thing she that happened whilst she was wearing her grumpy pants! I find it easier to make things up every night if there's a continuing thread, e.g. a character or place.
Watch Timmy Time and or Shaun the Sheep and plagiarise ideas!
I used to just tell all the classic fairytales in my own words. Also sing songs like The Owl and The Pussycat
Why don't you get your DD involved in thinking of ideas too? I've seen something called story dice, but it would work just as well/even better with paper and a couple of bags.
Basically you have one bag for a 'good' character (so maybe a princess, prince, dog...) one for a setting (woods, under the sea, castle...) a 'bad' character (ogre, troll, wolf...) and a prop (magic key, diary, banana...). Your DD can help you think of ideas, the more random, the better!
Write each idea on a piece of paper and fold it up and put it in a labelled bag. Then pick one piece of paper out of each bag. Then you have to try and make a story out of what you get.
So if you get princess, woods, ogre, magic key... maybe your DD was walking through the woods when an ogre stopped her and locked her up, and wouldn't let her go unless she had the magic key. DD cried so loud that a nearby princess came running and asked what the matter was. When the princess heard she produced from round her neck and necklace with a key on it, it was the ogre's magic key! The ogre was so cross he ran away. And DD and the princess lived happily ever after of course.
Little girl goes on cruise ship full of puppies, kittens <<insert favourite animal>> and all the activities were things that those animals like... walking for dogs, doggie treat treasure hunt etc
Unicorn found in forest, needs help to get back to magical land
Little girl goes to fantastic swimming pool, has wave pool, pirate mast with rope ladders and crows nest, and one end is a climbing wall that you can jump off into the water <<this was my actual dream last month, LOL>>
Picnic with all lovely foods, joined by fairy/elf who has never tasted human food.
We make up stories and ask dd what happens next? It's a good way of getting them to use their imagination and help yout find bits tof add in. We add in bits of the day that dc enjoyed. We round it off by saying Theeee and dc likes to say End.
What a nice idea. We do similar but often disney princesses pop up following an interjection. You could add a magic carpet and go and visit places all over the world, meeting children that are like her, but with some different traditions.
You could insert a talking pet, that only the main character can speak to/hear. What about a mermaid friend that she goes to see and has picnics with?
my dad does fantastic stories.
He definitely plagarises loads (flying bus in harry potter anyone?)
I tend to just tell stories of when they were babies - so the birth (well, contractions, go to hospital, give birth, name baby, feed baby, people visit etc.) their first christmas, a holiday etc. DS1 (aged 5) ADORES stories about when he was a baby.
Ooo some really great ideas here! DD doesn't like to help me with ideas because she wants her own ideas for her story (I tell first, then she does) although her stories usually end up being plagiarised from mine!
More ideas very welcome!
My mum used to tell us a made up series of stories about Mr Baloon Man. He had a special mirror in the attic of his house where he'd receive messages about lands which were having problems. So he'd get I. His balloon and then promptly fall asleep, he'd wake up when he arrived and have a picnic from a Magic picnic basket. Then he'd go and help fix the problem, everyone would be happy and he'd rerun home. My sister continued the series and I've told my kids a few of them as well.
I used to do this... miss those days...with DD best were a long run of stories about a little black and white dog which we found one day... lots of adventures together... and now have our own dog! years later...
Playing with fairies? Wishing chair/faraway tree type tales? Or solving mysteries? Teleporting and visiting other countries? A mad inventor who has awesome inventions and adventures?
Secret passageways in a holiday house? Friendly aliens with amazing powers?
Little girl meeting a magical unicorn in the forest was a big hit tonight Ended with the unicorn telling her the secret trick to summon the unicorn back so it can be a serial story. Will probably get the unicorn to fly her away to other countries and visit children in different countries as per the magic carpet idea a pp suggested so I can get the bonus of adding in geography and learning about other cultures. Maybe it could be a time travelling unicorn too so I can add some history in
Thanks again you lot, lovely ideas.
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