Reflection from sessions: Sometimes, I meet with children who prefer to play in the way that they like all the time - e.g. loud and fast.
While there is nothing wrong with that, there is a purpose in expanding their repertoire of playing styles. That would be another discussion altogther.
Some respond more readily to musical stimulus, and will take musical cues to adapt their playing (e.g. changes in dynamics, articulation), others require a little more prompting and encouragement to break out of their usual beats and explore new musical frontiers.
This is where relatable extra-musical contexts such as stories can help. For instance, instead of just doing an exercise on loud and quiet playing, suggesting to play a segment quietly as a little kitten is taking a nap!