Michelle, Day Hiking Ambassador
When we think of snowshoeing we don’t think of storytelling but we should. It’s not very practical to take a book snowshoeing with you. It’s hard to turn the pages while wearing mitts, snow can wreck it and it’s hard to see where you’re going while reading.
Reading is important. My husband and I are both educators and we are very adamant about reading with our daughter. We make it a point to read to her everyday, sometimes 30 times a day and we have every day since she was born (she’s 11 months old now). We even read to her while we are snowshoeing. But we don’t physically read to her by using a book, instead we tell her stories.
Storytelling is being forgotten and it needs to be brought back. As my husband and I take our daughter snowshoeing we like to tell her stories. Sometimes I tell her familiar stories like The Three Little Pigs or Goldilocks and the Three Bears and I watch her eyes light up as she gets a smile on her face because she remembers hearing those stories before (usually during bath time). Sometimes we make up the story as we go along taking turns finishing each other’s sentences (which is a great way to get older children involved in story telling). And sometimes we sing songs. Songs are stories!
There is never a bad opportunity to educate your child. Next time you go snowshoeing with your child or baby try telling them a story or if they are older, ask them to tell you one.
~Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world~