Snack: A simple food
item such as a handful of raisins stirred in to a bowl of oatmeal can spark a
story from a young child - hopefully, while he or she is eating them! Are they
spaceships in a galaxy made of space oatmeal? Are they lost freckles trying to
find their way back home to their face? Serving a glass of milk with the
oatmeal might spur a whole new set of stories, about the cow the milk came
from, the farm the cow lived on, the farmer who took care of the cow . . . and
on and on it goes.
A spiral notebook
dedicated as the child's Story Notebook
Pencil | Set out the various
props - see below -
or more of your own
One of the best things about writing is
that you have an endless supply of things to write about. You can use them over
and over, alone and in combination, and reshuffle them and start over, and it's
all free of charge - all in your head and then on paper, of course.
Let's practice this spontaneous
flexibility with a fun activity. It will train you to think a little
differently about how things happen . . . or COULD happen.
In your story notebook, write a story that includes these props,
and draw an illustration that shows at least three of them.