Storytelling Games – Christmas gift edition

If you are like me, then there are surely a few Christmas presents that you still need to get. Or, again, if you are like me, you can’t help getting some more great presents even if everybody has been taken care of. Because you never know when they might come in handy.

In either case, a good storytelling game will do the trick. Here are 3 options for lovers of stories young and old. Entertaining, stimulating and made to bring creative minds together.

1. Tell Me a Story:

2. Rory’s Story Cubes:

3. Once Upon a Time:

Now I’m off to get those last three things on my gift shopping list. Or were there five?

Talk soon!


The Giving Blog Post

The end of 2012 is close, and, as promised Picture a Tale will be donating 5% of all sales from this year to “Reading is Fundamental”. Many thanks to all of you who have made this possible!

Giving something back was an easy decision. But how and to whom? While the idea behind my artwork and the emphasis on storytelling is aimed at developing children’s imagination, there are still many that I won’t be able to reach this way. I believe that, once the basic needs met, literacy is the most important aspect in a child’s life that must be looked after. So, the next step was to find a way of contributing to making stories and books more available to kids.

Here is a helpful list I made in the process:


Reading is Fundamental is the largest children’s literacy non-profit in the U.S. RIF provides 15 million books each year to children who need them most.


First Book provides access to new books for children in need. To date, First Book has distributed more than 85 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.


Room to Read works globally in 2 areas: literacy and gender equality in education. In collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa it aims to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.


Better World Books is a for-profit social enterprise that collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. With more than six million new and used titles in stock, Better World Books is a self-sustaining company that balances the social, economic and environmental values of its stakeholders.


Special mention – local organization: Paia Youth and Cultural Center‘s mission is to provide a safe place emotionally and physically for the youth of Pa’ia and surrounding communities with a variety of social, educational, cultural, vocational, and recreational activities.


Special mention – for cyclists: World Bicycle Relief is dedicated to providing access to independence and livelihood through The Power of Bicycles.

If you already plan on giving to charity this year, then I hope you consider one of these organizations. Any amount makes a difference and will give somebody, somewhere, a better chance at achieving their potential and living a meaningful life.

Thank you and talk soon,



So, here we are: it’s been already a year of Picture a Tale online!

It has been a sometimes fast, sometimes slow year, with a long break right in the middle of it for which I have an adorable, one-toothed excuse.

It has been a year of lessons, some of the “yay, I got it!” variety, some (most) of the more banging-head-against-the-wall kind.

It has been a year of making connections with other talented and self-driven people.

It has been a year of rediscovering how great it is to just sit down and draw sometimes and not think about how many “likes” the Facebook page has or how many people will retweet it.

Before we move on into year 2, I want to send out a big thank you to you all: blog readers, Facebook fans, Twitter followers, Etsy shoppers and all the other very supportive people who like tales and art!

Happy birthday, Picture a Tale!

Talk soon,


Story Time – “The Jacket”

Rev. C. Kuhl (LOC)


Get an old jacket or coat and put items in the pocket such as a train ticket, a letter, a book or a toy animal. Give the jacket to the group so that they can discover the items. Ask questions to prompt imaginative responses from the kids:

  • Who does this jacket belong to?
  • What is in the pockets?
  • Wonder why there is a …?
  • What do you think they were doing?
  • Does this person have any friends?

The questions help build an idea of the jacket owner’s life and a story can be developed from it.

Enjoy and talk soon,