5 WAYS WITH… DRAMATIC TENSION

5 ways with… is a series that gives you a whole week of ideas with one resource! This time we’re focusing on how to create dramatic tension.

YES! AND…

This is a really simple drama game that gets you both out of the habit of saying “no” all the time. Try making a “Yes, and!” story together: whatever the other person suggests, no matter how silly, you say “YES” then add your own idea.

ADVENTURE WALKS

Go outside… on a mission! Is there someone who needs help? Or something you need to find? It can sparked by “clues” in your surroundings, based off of their favourite toys/stories, or whatever randomly pops into someone’s head.

MINI WORLDS

With a little imagination, cracks in pavements, plants or rocks become their own miniature worlds. Slow down, find an interesting spot, then ask some “I wonder…” questions: I wonder who could live there? I wonder what they need?

STORYTIME RAP

Ready for a challenge? Download a free beat maker app on your phone. Start a beat playing and, at the same time, read a rhyming story to your wee one. Read aloud to the beat. Hey presto, you’re a rap star! Give it a go and have a laugh.

ACTIVE STORYTELLING

Wee ones don’t always sit still with a book but we can still share stories! Choose a story you know well, gather objects in a bag or box (like teddies and bowls for Goldilocks). Reveal the
objects one by one as you ‘act out’ the story.

SECRET SENSORY DENS

Den-making is a fantastic form of imaginative play. A den can, after all, be anything! After you build your den, secretly add objects with a variety of textures, weights and shapes for your
wee one to discover…Who left them there?!

THE STORY OF YOU

“Once upon a time there was a little girl called…” Tell your child about themselves, focussing on their successes: how they tried and tried until they learned to roll over, how they used to pull themselves up on the side of their cot to build their muscles, etc.