Hello magical friends!

I hope everyone is dancing! Here is another great exercise to help free our creative selves. This post is directed towards those who expressed on the Creative Playtime post that they would like to try storytelling.

The following storytelling exercise can be done with two or more people. If you are fearful about performing in front of others, I recommend trying the game with children first. Let a child begin the activity and notice how he or she has no “sensors” or embarrassment when the story does not come out perfectly.  Children are good teachers because they simply and easily let ideas flow right out of their mouths. Learn from this and free yourself from the voices in your head!

Also, children make perfect creative mentors and playmates because they are supportive beings who love when adults drop their “guard.” Children will not judge you and their magical smiles will boost your confidence!

1.) Have one person start telling a story (any story will do– an imaginary tale, a favorite fairy tale, a memory). And don’t just tell the story, act out the story by using exaggerated gestures and voices.

2.) At any point during the story, the other player(s) can yell “Freeze.” When “Freeze” is called, the storyteller sits down. The player who called “Freeze” takes the storyteller’s exact same physical position and either begins telling a completely different unrelated story, continues the story, or changes the outcome of the story.

3.) The new storyteller continues until someone else calls “Freeze” and so the story grows. Keep this activity going and going and going until you have a hilariously crazy story! 

Storytelling offers magical freedom once you let go of your fear! Be sure to laugh and play as you practice letting your mind, words and body run wild! Happy Storytelling!

Lots of love,

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11 Responses to Free your creative spirit with a storytelling game

  1. Yohae says:

    This sounds like a perfect game for my classroom, thank you Emmy Blue!

  2. Leslie says:

    Another post!! So happy to see TWO posts in one week! And I’m so excited to try this with the kiddos when they get home from school!

  3. Roberta T. says:

    What a great idea. I can see what you’re saying about children not being inhibited like adults. I’m not around children very much, but when I am, I am more comfortable being silly and “free.” I might have to borrow my nieces for this game, maybe I’ll be able to work up to storytelling in front of my co-workers, haha. Thanks.

  4. Caroline Maro says:

    Just when I thought it was going to be another boring day, you post a fun game!!! Plus, I just saw that you are storytelling next month in Hillsboro!!!!! I will definitely be there (and fingers crossed that you will tell one of the Squatchie legends???)

    Your so amazing and inspirational! Thanks lady!

  5. Irene says:

    Perfect game for bored grandchildren! I need to start exercising my creativity more, too… I just wasn’t sure how to get started! Thanks!

  6. Dr. Simons says:

    You know, I just read Bloobity Lagoon for the third time this morning and I cannot believe how brilliant and layered it is. I think a big problem with literature today is that it is not unique and is read on surface level. You are brilliant, Emmy. I sure hope the world recognizes your work sooner rather than later.

    Believe it or not, this exercise is perfect for my university students. They get so nervous public speaking, so this is a great way to help ease that initial fear.

    Many, many thanks.

  7. Elisabeth says:

    You did this game in your storytelling workshop! I had so much fun and it really did help! Do you offer any workshops or have programs scheduled for this month? I’d love more Emmy Blue time!

    Also, have you thought about doing vlogs? People really need to SEE how magical you are…

  8. Kate says:

    Tremendous! What a great idea. You know, I’m not much of a story teller, but I have a lot of fun playing a version of this game only with drawing, with my friends. We’ll take a sheet of paper and fold it into three panels. One person will draw on the top panel, then we’ll pass to another friend who will not look at the first panel, but will draw on the second, then on to the third. We have drawn some pretty crazy (and crazy inappropriate!) monsters this way!

  9. Zitsy the Fairy says:

    Fairies like to play games and fairies love Emmy Blue! I will take this activity straight back to the enchanted forest! Thank you!

  10. Helene says:

    Clever idea and I like kate’s variation, too. I am slightly embarrassed to admit this, but I’ve been dancing alone every night this week! Now I’m going to do some storytelling. Hah! Can’t wait for your next creative game!!

  11. Vladimir says:

    Cool game. Keep the creativity flowing…

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