Preschool Learning: Story Box Writing Activity
What you need:
- A small box or basket
- A random assortment of small objects or toys (a doll's baby bottle, action figure, ball, magnifying glass, etc.)
- Fill the box with 10 random toys. Make sure the toys are randomly selected and are not part of one particular theme or activity.
- Have your child reach into the box and choose some items. No peeking! (Younger children can start with just one item. Older children can pick out several items.)
- Now have your child try to tell a story about that item. (Older children will have to weave a tale that uses all of selected items in the same story.)
- You might need to help your child along. So lead them with ideas and sequence and give them transition words such as: First, next, then, suddenly, finally, so, because, the end. The more provide the story structure, the better your child will get at storytelling.
How this builds brains:An awareness of basic story structure is the building block for all literacy skills. Knowing that stories have a beginning, middle and end, as well as what kinds of things you tell in each part of the story, will ultimately make your child a better reader and an excellent writer.
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