This Diwali Let Your Kids Forge Special Connections Through Storytelling

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Stories are the universal way to communicate ideas and messages. Even the most obstinate of non-readers enjoy hearing good stories. In India specifically, children are brought up on stories and folklore. Our grandparents and parents narrate endless stories to us, which we in turn relate to our children, especially during the festive season. The current situation may have made it difficult for us to spend time with our family members who live away from us, but innovative digital concepts such as the MaPa story app help us stay connected.

Diwali Kids Storytelling

The MaPa Story App is unlike any other book-related app for children. At just INR 365 for a year (or INR 100 for a month), it goes a step further by allowing them to record their own stories and share these stories with their family members and close ones via Whatsapp, ensuring they receive the recognition they deserve for their imaginative skills as well as the drive to continue being creative.

THE IMPORTANCE OF STORYTELLING:

Storytelling is an essential life skill that usually begins in the laps of our β€˜ma and pa’ at home. By listening to stories, our children develop the skills required to make their own stories. There are many ways in which storytelling skills enhance the overall growth of children:

  • Stories encourage our children to develop critical thinking skills
  • Stories allow our children to explore concepts and topics that are inaccessible to them in real life
  • Stories allow our children to travel without leaving the comfort of our homes
  • Stories encourage the values of tolerance and acceptance
  • Stories impart important life lessons in an easy to understand manner, ensuring they are firmly ingrained
  • Storytelling skills aid our children later in life, as every career option has an aspect of storytelling involved in it
  • Stories offer a comfort zone from the harsh realities of life
  • Stories forge a strong bond between the storyteller and the listener

The MaPa story app addresses each of these aspects of storytelling, with particular emphasis on the last point. This Diwali season, many of us are lamenting the forced distance between us and our family members in other cities because of the pandemic, but it is our children who are missing out the most, as they forgo the time spent with grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins of all ages. By encouraging our little ones to create their own stories and sharing these with family members, we are boosting their creativity and imagination, and also keeping the larger family aware of our child’s progress.

HOW MAPA ENCOURAGES STORYTELLING:

The MaPa story app can be used in a variety of ways, the simplest of which is an online library of age-appropriate stories. 

  • Each story is categorized clearly so parents and children can decide what appeals to them
  • There is a fun element as well as a learning element, to cater to various needs and times of the day
  • The stories are available in English and Hindi to reach a wider audience
  • The stories can be read out loud, heard through a video recording, or recorded in the child’s voice to help boost their expression and creativity
  • The recorded stories can be saved to the in-app library and re-visited at any time
  • The stories can be shared with others through Whatsapp
  • Your family members can read and share stories from their devices which your children will enjoy listening to
Kids Storyteling Diwali Mapa App

My son and I enjoy exploring the various stories on Mapa Story app. Though he is just starting his reading journey, I encourage him to record his own stories looking at the pictures provided. It allows him to express his own creativity and he enjoys the freedom of making his own stories. However, the person that is enjoying it the most is perhaps my mother, who misses time spent with her grandson and enjoys his imaginative and often riotously funny stories, inspired by the images on the app.

The MaPa story app connects each one of us in a special way and will help bridge the distance this Diwali. After all the shortest distance between two people is a smile, and we all know that a wonderful story gives rise to a wonderful smile. 

I recommend you download the app and watch your children explore their creativity, while sharing these precious moments of childhood with your family members.

HOW TO DOWNLOAD THE MAPA STORY APP:

The MaPa story can be downloaded on android devices here (Coming to iOS soon): https://mapa.onelink.me/VtTL/b0d96d60

Though the app can be explored for free, in order to enjoy all its benefits, one must subscribe to it at the nominal rate of INR 365 per year or INR 100 per month

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123 comments

  1. Totally agree with you. My kids love listening to all these stories. My daughter has even tried telling one of the stories and recording it on the app. Shes quite happy about it.

  2. I had already heard a lot about this app. Seems like a great app for kids. Thanks for sharing your honest review. Will check out this for sure.

  3. wow..I would love to try this out. In current situation, I don’t even know when I would be able to fly to India and see my parents. When my kids would get to meet their grand parents. I am surely going to check this app. Thanks.

  4. Kids love to make up stories and share them with their friends and family members. This app will enable them to record and share them and improvise on them as they grow too.

  5. Story telling is an art which is taking a backseat nowdays with kids stuck with video games & Cartoon . It’s a good way to review old habit & help them frame sentences and express better ..

  6. Wow! There’s an app for storytelling!! I like that MaPa is so interactive as kids can not only listen to stories but can record their own stories too. And it helps them to develop new skills like creative thinking, voice modulation etc. Thanks for sharing about it, Noor!

  7. Wow! This app is sounding very cool. By the help of this kids create their own stories and share with their family members and friends. I guess this is a very enriching experience. Thanks for sharing about this app.

  8. I agree with you I still live listening to stories. And this MaPa app has some great features like recording and sharing your own stories with friends and relatives at a very reasonable price. Will definitely try this out.

  9. What a lovely evolvement of technology in storytelling apps, I am now intrigued to know how the whole experience would look and feel in person. Thanks for sharing about this app.

  10. My son loves to read story books and this app looks to be a great way to positively engage him yet make him understand fine skills of life.

  11. This is such a unique app! I love the concept. and you are using it in a lovely way with encouraging your son’s creativity and sharing it with his granny! Stories are by far one of the most beautiful aspects of being humans πŸ™‚

  12. I did hear about this on whatsapp..thanks for sharing all that info.I will pass it on to my son. He can try out for my grandsons. You can record a few and upload yourself Noor πŸ™‚

  13. This seems like an interesting app. These days story telling has really gone down and through this app one can reintroduce kids to this.

  14. I too have used this app and absolutely loved this πŸ™‚ It is really engaging and have so many options for our little ones to learn from. Storytelling is indeed interesting.

  15. I so urge story reading/telling and creative writing among kids. It really helps them to remember some facts and get knowledgeable at young age.
    Such apps are great way to keep them away from youtube that does not always have a great content.
    Thanks for sharing about this app. Will recommend it to my sisters and sisters in laws who have young kids.

  16. Making own stories… That’s really exciting! Kids love stories… This app looks really good! I will share this with my aunt who has young kids!

  17. Story telling is probably the oldest methods of entertainment and teaching. We all can still vividly remember stories heard on the laps of grandparents. MAPA seems to be a fascinating app, that brings this concept alive, harnessing technology.

  18. This is such an innovative platform. Thanks for sharing about it Noor. With my girls’ grandmother being in another city, I now know how to keep them connected with her this festive season.

  19. This app really connects our grandparents. Definitely a great app for those who are away from their loved ones and still love to listen stories in their grandpaa and granmom voice.

  20. Story telling introduces lot of new vocabulary to children. And its very helpful. But I really don’t have any idea about this app but will definitely going to check out this app.

  21. OMG ! This APP looks interesting, as we have kids in our home , this is the time when we should let them avoid giving iPads for playing games instead making good use of it like reading stories from MaPa App .

  22. Both my kids need stories to sleep be. I think this app is a wonderful way to make you kids hear stories and also record it in their own voice and hear it…. gonna check it out for them.

  23. Now-a-days, story telling apps are so interestingly made. They enhance the overall experience of listening to a story. And about the app you have shared, I think its wonderful for kids and very affordable for parents too.

  24. Looks like a great app for kids. I am fond of great storytelling and my children are learning the art slowly through various means and mediums. This app will surely help them enhance the skill of storytelling.

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