The Never Ending Story: Tales where the children finish the story

Curriculum enrichment, never ending story

Stories feed into the imagination and what better way to get creative and stimulate the mind than providing a story with no ending.

A thoroughly adaptable activity that can be used in many different ways. It begins with the telling of a story but the ending is left unfinished. The children can then work together to devise and present an appropriate ending.

The type of story used can be changed to suit the learning outcomes required. As a result the story becomes a way to explore and discuss things like:

  • Personal feelings and emotions
  • The feelings of others
  • Standing up for what you believe in
  • Protecting the environment
  • Helping others
  • Communication
  • Communities
  • Safety
  • Peer pressure
  • And so much more. 

The children will be told a carefully selected story which at a crucial moment is stopped. Carl will spend some time with the children to check on their comprehension of the story, the characters involved and their possible motives and the main events of the story to help structure the childrens thinking processes. We explore a number of possible outcomes to the story to help demonstrate how they need to ensure that their chosen ending still links to the first part of the story.

The children can work independently or in groups to decide their ending which can then be presented in writing, pictures or through a telling of their own.

Whether the real ending is then told to the children often depends on their desire to know the original ending and whether the story used has an important message to convey. In many cases, the children's own work takes over and the original ending no longer matters to them.

This approach can be a great way to explore difficult subjects as it enables children to talk about things (e.g. bullying)  without the distress of admitting a personal connection with the subject because ‘its just a story.’ In this way children can discover alternative ways to think and act in difficult situations.

This session can be easily combined with other packages to create additional learning outcomes 

Other Storytelling for schools and learning packages:

Culture and Communication – Using story to explore different cultures

Folklore and history – using story to understand the past

Myth or Legend? Parable or Fable? – knowing the difference

Mabinogion Magic – – Exploring the ancient stories of Wales

Fabled Fables! – Using animal stories to explore ethics and morals

What makes ‘Spookey’ spookey? – Storytelling and structure

The never ending story – tales where the children decide the ending.

Hedgerow wisdom - the stories that help us remember


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