At Li’l Stories our mission is to prepare children for the future. We work closely with teachers and students to develop learning activities that foster 21st century skills such as creativity, communication, critical thinking and collaboration, all with a child-centered approach.

Benefits of storytelling

We believe in the fundamental power of storytelling: Stories are not only engaging, inspiring and captivating, but they can also be used strategically as a platform for learning across multiple content areas.

Reinforces Learning

Kids love creating and telling stories, and by building narratives around the subjects their teachers are covering in class, students are deepening their learning and making the ideas their own.

Empowers children

Expressing their own ideas puts students in the driver seat.

Engages different types of learners

Stories can be visual, written, spoken or even danced or performed, thus reaching students at different levels.

Fosters 21st century skills

Stories are easily created by students in pairs or groups, encouraging an environment where children must collaborate, articulate and communicate their ideas and think creatively.

Teaches Common Core learning standards

From English Language Arts (story structure, story elements, sequencing) to digital media and communication skills, the framework supports the learning goals of a variety of curricula.

Helps with structure

Artists, designers and filmmakers often use storyboarding as a framework that provides structure for linear storytelling. Similarly, the act of storyboarding helps children structure their narratives and organize their thinking.

Starting Our Story Together

Once upon a time—specifically, almost a year ago, in winter 2014—we had the idea for an educational framework that utilized the power of storytelling to help teach communication skills to children. A year later, Li’l Stories is being used by educators at several schools around the country.

Li’l Stories is an educational initiative of Li’l Robin, a strategic design consultancy based in New York. The project was inspired in part by Li’l Robin founder Anke Stohlmann’s daughter Luna (now a 6th grader) and her love for stories. We developed Li’l Stories closely with teachers and students and spent many happy hours in the classroom—prototyping with kids and teachers, observing and listening to their needs and learning from clients, colleagues, friends and users. Creating a framework that helps teachers and makes learning fun for students was the first and most important step.

Our journey is just getting started, but we’ve already had an extraordinary response and are making a positive impact on thousands of students. Here are some stats since our Kickstarter launch in October 2015.

An amazing 140 Kickstarter backers helped us get Li’l Stories off the ground. Thank you!

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