Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Storytelling and GoodNites Bedtime Theater: Iggy's Next Adventure Contest (and a Giveaway)

This week several bloggers are participating in Share a Story - Shape a Future, a weeklong blog tour for literacy. It's a way for bloggers share ideas on ways to raise a reader and support children's literacy efforts. I'm excited to host a giveaway sponsored by GoodNites brand of sleep pants in conjunction with this event.

A good story draws attention. Parents can use storytelling to increase interest in reading and books. Storytelling goes hand in hand with reading and literacy development because oral communication provides the basis for beginning reading. Children that tell stories increase their understanding of word development and grow their vocabularies.

Bedtime is the perfect time for parents and children to engage in storytelling. Kimberly-Clark is sharing its commitment to literacy and wants to help parents and children bond at night with the magic of storytelling. Their GoodNites website offers several storytelling bedtime activity suggestions:

Play with Finger Puppets [pdf] - Put on a puppet show with the finger puppets and have your child act out their own made up story.

Use Template Word Games [pdf] - Create wacky stories by filling in the blanks of a short story with words and phrases. Read the story aloud together.

Make Hand Shadows [pdf] - Tell a story and illustrate it with your hand shadows on the wall.

The GoodNites brand of sleep pants also recently launched Bedtime Theater,™ a series audio bedtime stories available for free download online (CD versions are available in packages of GoodNites Sleep Pants). The story is about a boy Iggy and his exciting adventures with his magical bed. Along with listening to the story, families and storytellers can participate in the Iggy's Next Adventure Contest by creating a new adventure for Iggy and entering it in the contest. Only a story summary is required (approximately 275 words), so the contest isn't overly difficult to enter. Take a moment and enter your story idea for a chance to win the $2500 grand prize or one of the smaller weekly prizes. The contest ends on 4/15/2010. See the official rules for contest information.

The Bedtime Theater helps parents establish a nightly bedtime story routine with their children and reduce anxiety around bedtime. According to Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg, one of the GoodNites NiteLite experts, "having a regular evening ritual, such as a bedtime story, can quell nighttime issues like bedwetting and become an important step in building your child’s self-confidence." Even though the website is geared toward those needing help with bedwetting, all parents and children can enjoy the Bedtime Theater.



As a way to spread the word about the GoodNites Bedtime Theater, activities and storytelling contest, GoodNites has kindly offered to give away a Bedtime Theater kit to a Brimful Curiosities reader. The kit is worth approximately $175 and includes an iPod shuffle, $25 iTunes Gift Card, Brookstone cuddle blanket, Patagonia bag and Logitech speakers.

To enter, leave a comment with a storytelling activity idea or a description of how you have used storytelling with children.
• For contact purposes, if you are a non-blogger or your email is not accessible in your blog profile, please leave a valid email address within the comment section.
• Contest is open to US only
• Contest ends on Monday, March 29th, 2010 at 11:59 PM CST.
• Winner will be chosen at random and sent an email notification.
Ways to gain extra entries (Please leave a separate comment for each entry):
1st extra entry: Enter Iggy's Next Adventure Contest and comment with the date you entered. (Remember, you can enter the storytelling contest once per day.)
2nd extra entry: Blog about this contest then post your link in the comment section.
3rd extra entry: Follow me on twitter (iambrimful) and tweet about the contest.
4th extra entry: Follow Me! or subscribe by email or RSS reader

GoodNites® provided me with Bedtime Theater Kits for my family and to conduct a reader giveaway. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards GoodNites® products. (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

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CarrieAnn13 said...

I love to use a photo or picture from a magazine and tell the story of what is happening as a family

Unknown said...

When I tell stories to my daughter I use different voices and get very animated. I turn the book out towards her and also ask questions about the story or picture.

mkokopelli@aol.com

Unknown said...

Follow on Twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/Mkokopelli/status/11258455104

Jes*In*CO said...

We use story telling for everything! Especially when we need to check our emotions (or outburst more specifically.) We will "act" out the behavior and talk through it the right way... works almost everytime:)

There is never a day a story is missed.

Thanks for the great giveaway! Hope you have a wonderful week.
greimanjATcomcast.net

Shanna said...

At bedtime, we read 3 books. I make it fun by using different voices for each of the people in the story. My son loves it! =]
shanna.elizabeth@hotmail.com

Nancy said...

Get everyone in a circle and start out telling a story. Set a timer (that goes ding!) for a random amount of time - a few seconds to a minute or more. When the timer goes off, a new storyteller takes over telling the story and the timer is set again!

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Nancy said...

I entered Iggy's contest on March 29, 2010.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Sonya said...

I love making up silly stories for the kids while they're getting their shots or their teeth cleaned.

Sonya said...

Twitter follower and tweeted: http://twitter.com/dewer421/status/11265233616

Pamela S said...

My children have always preferred me reading to them because I use a totally different voice for each character. I also sometimes with tie a daily activity into one of the books. Some examples are we'd make BIG pancake (bulgey bears) and tiny pancakes (reep a cheep) based on the Chronicles of Narnia characters, or each be a character from Winnie the Pooh books (my poor husband always ended up being stuck being Eeyore LOL). Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

carolpie said...

We had a book called No Fighting, No Biting and would tell the story if the kids would bicker with each other. It got them to laugh we would retell it at bedtime. We took stories with morals and would tell them then. The other would be when my son would cry wolf for something and we would tell that story and say look how it looks to do that! We would make it light but they got the idea and we would all say remember when you did this or that and we would all laugh as everyone would tell their stories and their mess-ups.
spencer1953 at gmail dot com-carol.

carolpie said...

I follow and tweet!~http://twitter.com/dresdenrain/status/11269120268

Pamela S said...

Subscribed to feed. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

carolpie said...

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Lisa Garner said...

We have always used story telling as a way to sooth our childrens worries about any of they days events and leave then de-stressed before going to sleep so they can have peaceful dreams.
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

Lisa Garner said...

I'm following you on Twitter user lisalmg and Tweeted this giveaway. http://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/11273081570
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Anonymous said...

We use the book that was read to me when I was growing up, "The 365 Days Book of Bedtime Stories". It has heritage and it is falling apart!

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

Barrie said...

I like to have the lights out and flashlights when it is a spooky sotry. tukibird22ATgmailDOTcom

Unknown said...

I like to have all the kids there and my wife.
boxerbaby622@gmail

Unknown said...

love to make up stories about my kids when I put them to bed
amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

Trisha D said...

instead of throwing away the socks with holes in the toes and their mates, we would make puppets out of them and have a sock puppet story!!

Unknown said...

I have them all read a page in the voice they think fits the characters.
bakotuki22atgmaildotcom

Unknown said...

my daughter loves winnie the pooh so we get all the stuffed animals of the characters and read.
spedale001@gmail

JKW said...

Starting when my son was about 4, he loved hearing stories about "King *his first name*" - usually they started with details about what we had done during the day and then went got more and more outrageous. Other times, they would start out in a fantasy world - where he was King of space and all the aliens or King of underwater and all the creatures there. Pulling in just enough of the actual details of the day with lots of crazy and fun imagination pieces gave me a place to start and opened up where to go, making this fun for both of us!

degood said...

I love using felt boards to help tell a story. My kids like to help pick out the shape and move them around on the board as we read the story.

kerrie@mayansfamily.com

degood said...

I follow your blog with google friend connect as degood

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Anonymous said...

When reading to my kids I try to sound like the characters in the book would sound. It's fun for them; it gets alot of laughs and makes them enjoy it more - Michelle
shellquest99@comcast.net

tina reynolds said...

We always all curl up I read a story then my husband, then the kids love to play make up a story were i say a line then dad then my son then my daughter they love it, we jump around act silly their dad loves to act out the books thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina reynolds said...

i follow on twitter and i tweeted
http://twitter.com/eaglesforjack/status/11287905930

Jinxy and Me said...

I like "open ended" storytelling where everyone can help decide where the story goes.

Unknown said...

I like to start off with a really creative story with the kids and then let them fill in or finish it off with their vivid imagineations

ardy22 at earthlink dot net

Unknown said...

In Sunday School we have books with felt props to illustrate stories for the young children. garrettsambo@aol.com

Unknown said...

FOLLOW you twitter and tweeted

http://twitter.com/Ardy22/status/11290471193

Anonymous said...

I use my grandsons "buddies", stuffed animals as characters in the story. He stays with me a few times a month and we have making up these stories.
skiandboard at verizon dot net

lilyk said...

A storytelling activity idea is to use stuffed animals to act out stories.

Anonymous said...

A storytelling activity idea: ask each of the children what changes they would make to the story if they could rewrite the book.

prizehound7@yahoo.com

Michelle said...

tweet - http://twitter.com/MrsMChappell/statuses/11340231846
mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

"Iowa Mom" said...

Storytelling is a daily activity at our home. It could be me, my hb or their grandparents, but the kiddos would not sleep if not shared with. They ask about everything now - what we did when we were younger, experience we know about. It is so truly inspiring to share with your children at this age.

strawberrykidssales at gmail dot com

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