Record a Story as a Gift for Your Grandkids

Avocado Christmas tree

Can an avocado tree be a Christmas tree?

My grandkids love to have stories read to them.   Two of them are 1000+ miles away.  Makes it hard to sit down and read.  I remember my mom reading us stories when we were little.  When my grandmother came to live with us, needing much care, she didn’t have the time to read us stories.  I had just read the Hobbit and love it, just had to read it to my younger siblings.  They loved it and insisted I read all 3 Lord of Rings books afterwards. Be careful what you start!

Thankfully I can still read stories to little ones, even if far away, using today’s technology to record a story.  I’d picked up a collection of Winnie the Pooh stories.  While waiting on my youngest in the mornings, chauffeuring her from one place to the next, I brought along my laptop and the book.  Using audacity, I recorded each story in the book and saved them onto an audio CD using Windows Media Player.

At the start of each story, I said Hi to all 5 grandkids.  They loved hearing their names and their cousin’s names.   I’d tell them which page the story started on. Sometimes I’d add a few thoughts at the end of the story.  As they are still learning to read, I’d meow when it was time to turn the page. I wrapped up the book and cd’s, added a few other Winnie the Pooh things I’d found, and had a unique gift for my grandkids.  The story doesn’t have to be from a book.  You can tell about your life growing up, make up your own stories, etc.

My grandkids thought it was cool on their next road trip to listen to me read them stories as they followed along in the book.  Give it a try!  What books would you read to your grandkids?  Try it out, record a story for them.

PS. My girls insisted that our avocado tree could not be a Christmas tree, so we had them pick out one from a friend’s overgrown tree farm.

Use Audacity to Record A Story

Save Your Recording and Burn to an Audio CD

If you want to save it as an mp3, simply burn as a data file instead of audio.  You can get more recordings per disc.

Helpful Link

Audacity – free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds


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Record a Story as a Gift for Your Grandkids — 5 Comments

  1. This is such a great idea – you are creating some wonderful memories for your grandchildren! I especially love the suggestion of incorporating stories from your own life. My great grandma jotted down some stories about raising her family in a spiral notebook – and I treasure it.

    • Thanks Janelle for stopping in, great way for those of us working on 13 Skills to connect.

      So much that we don’t think is interesting to our kids, grandkids really is. One of my ancestors kept a journal, he traveled from England to New Orleans, up the Mississippi, then across the plains by handcart. Sadly it was more of a travel log such as “after a pleasant journey across the plains we arrived”. We were like come on, you crossed in a hand cart! But then maybe compared to the boat trip it was a pleasant journey.
      I want to record my parent’s stories while they are still around to do so. My dad has written much, but I think audio would be fun, to hear his stories in his voice. I esp. need to get rest of his Vietnam story down, the parts he didn’t tell us when we were kids, didn’t want us to worry.
      Tip, next time add the url to your blog, and check the commentluv box. That way we can visit your blog too!

      • Thanks for the tip!

        Wow – a handcart?! That could not have been pleasant! I love genealogy and family history. I have another blog where I am transcribing a collection of old letters from the 1880’s & 1890’s that belonged to a great aunt (I made it one of my goals for 13 Skills). I just started – and I discovered a couple letters from my ggg-grandfather written to her (she’s his daughter). My heart melted. I really would like to interview my dad too. He’s so quiet and soft spoken and so am I (I’m not good at asking probing questions). We break out of our shells every once in awhile, and then I can get a good story out of him. You have inspired me with this post!
        -Janelle

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  3. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the
    message home a bit, but instead of that, this is great blog.

    A great read. I’ll definitely be back.
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