Monday, September 28, 2020

Sharing A "Made Up" Story

When our son Mike (who is now 37 years old) was a young boy, I often “made up” stories to share with him at bedtime and/or nap time. Each story was different and often, was created at the last moment. As our son placed his head on the pillow for rest, I pulled the covers up for him and watched as he began to relax.

I’m not sure if Mike remembers any of the stories. That’s okay because I remember some of them. 


There were plenty of books to read. We visited the library weekly, participated in story hour and purchased many books to enjoy at home. Yet, there were times when I wanted to share a story I created in my imagination.

Starting with details about the characters, like a little boy who became a prince, I left the ending open so we could continue the story another time. The delight on the face of our young son soon let me know the “made up” stories would be a hit.

Most times, the story developed as I spoke. Other times, a plot twist would enter my mind or our son would add his own details. From funny happenings to pirate adventures to dinosaurs roaming the land, the imagination of Mike and myself provided laughter and a wonderful bonding experience.

Whenever we reached a point of  “Wonder what happened next?”, I knew creativity was flowing in both of us.
This creative outlet helped in everyday skills, helping teach manners, compassion and kindness to others.

Have you ever “made up” a story while sharing time with a child? How did you use your facial expressions and body actions to express the emotions in the story? Let us know your examples.

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Blessings,
Melissa Henderson



Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages. Her first book for children, “Licky the Lizard”, was released in 2018. She also has a story in the compilations “Heaven Sightings” and “Remembering Christmas”. Her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon and Stephen Minister. She and her husband Alan moved from Virginia to South Carolina to be near son, daughter-in-law and first grandchild. The family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Hendersons”. Follow Melissa on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest  and at http://www.melissaghenderson.com 


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24 comments:

  1. Our children’s favorite stories were the ones about their father and me when we were children. I wove stories together with one of us at the center and told stories of when we were the little girl or the little boy caught in either an adventure or an episode of disobedience complete with results. They loved these.

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    1. What a wonderful idea! Some of the best stories are ones created from special times when we were children. :-)

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  2. Melissa, when I taught preschoolers ( a few years back) I loved reading books to my students. Facial expressions and being animated with body language and hand motions were also an important part of reading the story. I could tell we both were having a good time when the children would ask questions or they would be eager to answer questions about the book.

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    1. Yes, yes! I love using facial expressions, changing my voice and being animated. Sharing stories with children and adults can truly bring joy. :-)

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  3. Yes, I used to do this all the time with my kids (sometimes still do just for fun even though they are now teens!!). Enthusiasm and bringing the characters to life in storytelling really makes a difference.

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    1. I agree. Enthusiasm and bringing the characters to life is a great experience for the person sharing the story and for those people listening. :-)

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  4. Thanks for the fun and relatable post, Melissa. I loved doing this with my children.

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    1. I'm happy to read you shared made up stories with your children, too. Have a blessed week! :-)

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  5. Yes! My grandson and I have spent many hours making up stories together. They usually center on adventures that we take together or stories about his friends. It's a great way to encourage a child's imagination.

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    1. I agree with you. Making up stories is a great way to encourage the imagination of a child. Have a blessed week! :-)

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  6. Encouraging the imagination is a precious gift to give a child!

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    1. Yes, yes! I agree. I love to watch how our 3 years old grandson uses his imagination. What a blessing! :-) Have a blessed week!

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  7. What a wonderful way to spark creativity.

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    1. Thank you Diana. I love how God gives us unique ways to share creativity and fun. Have a blessed day! :-)

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  8. My kids--one of my sons, especially--loved to hear the story of the day he was born. Our stories carry on the legacy. And the made up ones show children how to build a story--and as you say--how to build character.

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    1. Yes, stories carry on the legacy. Sharing made up stories and real life stories can create wonderful relationships. Have a blessed day! :-)

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  9. Melissa, I never really made up stories with my kids that I can remember. But my grandchildren love to hear me tell true stories about my kids when they were little and about me and my twin sister, especially all the trouble we got into. Double trouble. LOL.

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    1. I love sharing stories of my childhood and the childhood of our son. Sharing those special stories is a great opportunity for building more memories. :-) Have a blessed day!

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  10. Don't you just cherish those memories when your kids were little? I sure do. And yes, we used to sit around the campfire and make up stories as we went in a circle, starting with one member of the family and going around to each person, as they contributed a piece of the story. How some of those stories ended were pretty interesting!

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    1. What a wonderful idea to have everyone contribute to the story! Love that! Have a blessed day! :-)

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  11. Such a wonderful memory and what a great way to engage and encourage children. I al going to try this with my grandkids. Thanks

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  12. What a sweet parent/child memory! Yes, we made up stories with our kids, too. Most often, in the car for long road trips. But the kids loved it so much, that we honestly got tired before they did!

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    1. I remember making up stories on road trips. I often made up stories by looking at the shapes of clouds. Have a blessed day!! :-)

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