Switch Story – Research-Backed, At-Home Activities – Bay Area Discovery Museum

Switch Story

Two heads are better than one when it comes to creative storytelling! Follow along as BADM preschool teacher Tyler Flynn Rambo demonstrates how two authors can collaborate on an original story. Then it’s your turn to grab a partner and spin a “switch story” of your own!

Learning Goals:

  • Learn to collaborate
  • Come Up with Ideas and Try Them Out

Materials Needed:

  • Ball or small stuffed animal (optional)


  • Together with your child, put together a list of interesting titles for an original story, then pick one item from the list.
  • Pick someone to be the Story Starter. The Story Starter will begin the story, and narrate until they want to switch. You can use a small object to pass to the next person when it’s time to switch or just verbally indicate when it’s time to change narrators.
  • Continue telling the story back-and-forth between you and your child or children.

Tips for Adults:

  • Encourage your child to get creative in their telling, sharing more details or adding dramatic voices.
  • Follow the “yes, and!” rule of improvisation – even if you don’t like an idea that your story collaborates share, don’t say no. Instead, add your idea to theirs by saying “yes, and…” This tip can be used for learning to share ideas, hear others, and collaborate in any situation.
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