Tell Me Stories


Purpose: Help your child learn to listen to people and stories!

For this Activity you will need:

  • A family photo album or family pictures


Before you begin, fill the photo album with family photos, magazine pictures, or your toddlers drawings.

  1. Hold your child on your lap and showing him the photo album.
  2. Point to a picture and tell your child a simple story about it. For example, if the photo is of your baby’s 1st Birthday Party, talk with your child about who was there, how happy you were, the flavor of the cake, and a silly thing that happened that day (Did your child have ice cream and frosting all over his face?).
  3. Keep the stories very simple at first. Be silly with your child; make him smile and laugh! Help your child turn the pages or touch the photos.
  4. As your child gets older, make the stories longer. Ask simple questions: “Who is this?” Wait for your child to respond. Your child may coo, babble or tell you the answer!
  5. Encourage toddlers to “tell a story.” Ask him to talk about each photo! To get your child started, ask: “Who is in the picture? Where are we? What are we doing?”

Next Steps/Follow-Up:

  • Tell your child lots of stories. Talk about the day your child was born, your grandparents, or about “Dad as a “little boy.”
  • Get books with pictures and simple words from the local library. Before you read the story to your child, ask your toddler to tell you a story based on the pictures in the book. Then, you read the story to your toddler.
  • Tell your child nursery rhymes. Try “Jack and Jill.” Use finger puppets or other toys to help you or your toddler tell the story. Or, encourage your child to make up a story.


Background Information:


Language & Literacy involves:

  • Speaking clearly.
  • Asking and answering questions.
  • Paying attention to and listening to people and stories.
  • Following directions.
  • Showing an interest in books.
  • Learning about sounds in words.
  • Recognizing letters and numbers.
  • Drawing pictures and trying to write and copy letters.


When your child starts school, he will be more likely to do well if he is able to do these things.

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