A Take-Turns Family
Today's Snack: Get two people together. Make a banana
split and take turns eating it. Pour a big glass of milk, and put two straws in
it. Drink it together!
5 pieces of
lined writing paper,
half so that the pages are 8½" x 5½"
these 5 sheets inside one piece of plain white paper,
half for a front cover and a back cover,
so that it
forms a mini-book
marker pens for text,
colored markers for illustrations
can create a family story, and have fun taking turns telling it, with this
each family member and discuss a story idea. Develop it while still just
talking about it for as long as you need. Decide, in general, what the
beginning, middle and end of the story are going to be, and the main character
or characters, before you start to write.
each family member a different color of thin marker.
write the story, taking turns!
goes first should write the first sentence on a piece of lined paper, and pass
it on to whoever is going second.
second person should write the second sentence of the story, making sure it
makes sense after the first sentence, and then pass the paper on to the next
family member who is participating.
"writer" should have a different-color marker. Then it will be great fun to go
back and re-read the story and see who wrote what.
going with the story until you are almost near the end of the fifth and last
page. Then make sure whoever fills in the last line can wrap up the whole story
into a sensible conclusion.
a hilarious front cover design by basically doing the same thing, only with
art, not writing. The first family member, using his or her color marker, draws
one letter or line, the next one draws another letter or another line in a
different color, and on you go until you are happy with your front-cover
may not produce a fantastic piece of literature . . . but it sure will be fun and
meaningful for your family!