Here's a fun way to inspire children's imaginations! This two-part
activity features making a squiggle with a piece of yarn and some paint, and
then inventing a story about that squiggle.
Each child should roll up sleeves or wear a paint shirt. Place the
blank drawing paper nearby. You can gently push the yarn in the paint with one
finger, while you draw the other end of the yarn away from that finger with the
other hand, to get enough paint on the yarn to show up on the paper. Then
"stamp" a squiggle on the plain drawing paper, and let dry.
As the squiggle dries, each child should imagine what character in
a story that squiggle could be, and plan a story that he or she can write.
Maybe the squiggle will remain as is, as the star of the story. But maybe the
child would like to use markers or colored pencils to make the squiggle part of
something else that will be the star of the story. For example, a squiggle
could turn into a fire-breathing dragon, or a horse and rider, or a magic shoe
that travels the world!
Whatever the squiggle becomes, the children should then write a
detailed story with interesting word choices and - like a squiggle -- a
beginning, middle and end.