Storytelling can be a great way to get your little girl using her imagination. In order to encourage her to try storytelling, you may need to help set the stage for her the first few attempts. If your daughter is having a hard time getting started, give her some inspiration or prompts. For example, tell her that a family is stranded on an island and ask her questions like what she thinks they would be wearing, what does the island look like and what the family should do on the island; should they try to get away or should they stay and explore? Once she answers some of these questions, coach her into making it a fun and exciting narrative.
You can also look to her favorite toys for inspiration. Pick up a doll or action figure and ask her what their name is, where they are from and have her create a story about an adventure that toy is about to take. Encourage her to give some background on the toy first and to have a clear way she would like the adventure to end. This is a great way to help her understand how stories have a beginning, middle and an end. If she gets stuck in the middle of the story, you can always ask her questions that will help nudge her along in the right direction.
Another way to get your daughter into storytelling is by making up stories together. This can be done at bedtime, while you are driving in the car or even during meal time. It is a great way to bond with your daughter and have some quality time together. You can take turns making up a sentence and then passing it on to the other person to continue. This is also a great opportunity to help her work on her listening skills and can create some wonderful memories together.