Inventing Campfire Stories for Children

By: Sarah J Holt

Inventing campfire stories for children is easier than you might think. Use these easy tips for telling campfire stories that will entertain and delight children of all ages.

Use Fun And Wacky Names

When telling campfire stories to children include a bunch of fun and wacky names for the characters. If it is a humorous story don't be afraid to use silly things for names, like Snickers or Twix. If it is a scary story you can use names like Mr. Blue Toes or Mrs. Scissor Arms. Also, do not be afraid to mix it up by telling a really scary story and using a comical name. Like using Mr. Marshmallow for the name of a villain. Another fun way of handling this is to have the children come up with the names and then building the story around that.

Include Animal Characters

Campfire stories are often the best when they include animals, especially ones that can be found in the woods. Ideas of animals to include are bears, mountain lions, deer, and squirrels. A fun twist on this is to make the bears gentle and the squirrels or deer the more aggressive ones. Just have fun and get creative.

Take Turns

No one says that a campfire story has to be told by one person from beginning to end. Take turns. Each person tells a part of the story and the next person takes over. This will often result in unforeseen twists and induce tons of laughter.

Act It Out

Using charades to tell stories to children can be a lot of fun. Act out certain parts of the story or certain words. For example, if telling a story about a bear you can act out what the bear is doing during those parts. If the bear is hiding, then you can hide, if it is approaching something then you can tiptoe around the fire.

Change Your Voice

Do not use a monotone when telling campfire stories to children. This will make even the best stories come across as dull and uninteresting Talk in different tones and use different inflictions for each character. Alternate between whispering and talking louder.

Using these tips will make telling campfire stories fun and exciting But be prepared, once you get going, the kids may beg for more stories, until your voice is sore. It will be well worth it.

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