Ask your toddler to reminisce with you about a recent event—a trip to a grandparent’s house, a walk to the park. You’ll have to supply many of the details at first, but be sure to ask plenty of questions to get your child involved in remembering and describing the past.
Children at this age are beginning to be able to tell their own simple stories, often about events in their recent past.
Even describing something as simple as seeing a sibling fall (“Tommy didn’t see the ball. He tripped over it and fell. He hurt his knees.”) is storytelling at a toddler’s level.
You can help your child develop these skills by frequently reading aloud to her and by telling her stories of your own about yourself, your past and the past you share with your child.
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