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Nine Resources for Kids to Create Stories and Feed Their Imagination

Children are in a time where the imagination is usually overflowing, and therefore it is normal that through it they come up with new stories every day , which sometimes they want to write or draw.

Does your child like to make up stories? Would you like to accompany him on this journey of creativity?

To do this, we have selected nine resources of all kinds that can help you create stories in a fun way. As you will see, some are games and others you can create yourself in a simple and inexpensive way. Do not miss them!

“Imagination in freedom transforms the world and blows things up.”

-Octavio Paz-

1) Select each element of the story

The task, extracted from the blog Orientación Andujar , consists of creating the story from an element in each column : character, setting, situation, protagonist, place, action and object.

From each column, we will select the element in question, according to what the number that comes out when rolling the dice marks (as you can see, each square corresponds to a number).

The idea is to write the story from each element that we obtain. If the child wishes, he can introduce small variations , in addition to drawings.

2) Data (story cubes)

These are dice with which to create stories in a fun and easy way. Each of the dice contains various images / symbols that will spark your child’s imagination and give them ideas to create their story.

This game can be played in different ways: by rolling, each player, a dice, and creating the story step by step, rolling several dice at once and creating the story, etc. You can easily purchase the game on Amazon.

Asmodee Story Cubes: Fantasía - Todas las versiones disponibles, Multilenguaje (ASMRSC28ML1)

Asmodee Story Cubes: Fantasy – All Versions Available, Multilanguage (ASMRSC28ML1)

Today on Amazon for € 9.99

Variants of the dice game

In this case we have shown you the dice to create fantasy stories, although there are variants of the game. Some of them:

  • Dice for hero stories.
  • Dice for mystery stories.
  • Dice to create stories through actions.
  • Dice for Harry Potter stories.

3) Jar with pictures and words

In this case, we bring you a resource taken from the Club Peques Lectores blog. We will cut out different elements from old magazines or newspapers: words, illustrations, photographs, images … And then, we will add them to a jar. The idea is to take out each cut and through it, create a story.

The idea is to stick the cutouts on a large cardboard (or a notebook), and write the story (you can also add drawings). Everything will be done by adapting the activity to the age and interests of the child.

It is an inexpensive and simple resource that will awaken the imagination of the little ones and with which you can enjoy a good afternoon inventing stories.

4) Roll the dice and create your story

A resource taken from Aula PT , very useful, that you can print, and that will serve as a template to create stories with the little ones. Ideally, use it with dice; a die is rolled in each square, in order.

We will start with “character 1”, then “character 2”, “character 3”, “object”, etc., until we reach “place 2”, from left to right and from top to bottom.

With each number on the die, we will select the indicated option (for example, if the number 2 appears in the first box, character 1 or main character will be a cook or a doctor. And from here, we will create the story .

5) Painted stones

This resource, also from the Club Peques Lectores blog, will awaken the creativity and imagination of the little ones; In addition, to use it we must follow a series of steps that give us the opportunity to enjoy some time with the family.

First of all, we will take advantage of any trip to the countryside or the mountains to collect stones with the children. Ideally, they should be stones with a minimum flat surface, so that they can be drawn on. For this, we can use paints.

We will let the drawings dry and the next step will be to put them in a small bag or box. And from there, we will take out one stone at a time, as we create the story. The idea is to add the element / drawing that comes out to our story.

6) Item box

For this resource of the Club Peques Lectores blog, we will use a box, bag or basket, and we will put different objects there that we will use to create different stories. They can be objects of any kind: natural (sticks, leaves …), toys (stuffed animals, cars, dolls …), kitchen utensils, etc.

We will take out one object at a time to introduce a new element to our story; we can do it with our eyes covered.

For example, if we take out a teddy bear first, that will be the protagonist of the story; If afterwards we take out a shell, we can make the bear find a shell in the middle of a deserted beach …

7) Chinese shadows

On this occasion, it is about making a shadow theater, an idea taken from the Club Peques Lectores blog. To do this, we will create figures, objects and scenarios , for example from eva rubber material or cardboard.

Children tend to be very fond of creating stories from these elements. If you prefer, you can buy the material; on Amazon it is available.

The idea is to create the story as we interpret (and that they interpret) the different characters, through the figures. You can also write the story first and then play it back.

Ludattica- Teatro de Sombras, Multicolor (XOT-LD20989)

Ludattica- Shadow Theater, Multicolor (XOT-LD20989)

Today on Amazon for € 41.95

7) Card game “Create a story – Tell me a story”

A game suitable for children over three years old, consisting of 36 Eeboo cards with illustrations of happy and fun scenes. These scenes will be the starting point to inspire children between the ages of three and six to create their own story.

The game is actually a whole collection, with different themes to choose the one that your little one likes the most: volcano island, circus, school, animals, robots, fairies …

In addition, there are different ways of playing: for example, letting the children choose, at random, a number of cards (for example five), to develop the story from the illustrations of the cards.

They have freedom because they can order the scenes as they see fit , and once ordered, narrate or write the story. You can purchase the game at J of games .

Juegos de cartas “Tell me a Story”.

Card games “Tell me a Story”.

RRP in J of Games € 13.80

8) Classic tales upside down

This resource or idea consists of the following: it is about adding or changing small details of classic stories , be it characters, objects, places …

For example, in the story of the three little pigs, let’s imagine that instead of three little pigs there are three elephants. Or in the story of Snow White, imagine that we change the characters for a coach, a punctured ball and some children.

Variety is served here, so let your imagination flow! This is a good resource for creating semi-new stories and also for working on cognitive flexibility.

9) And if it were …

Through this resource, it is about creating a list with objects, dolls, toys, characters … The idea is to choose a character or object at random and turn it into another object . For example, a doll can turn into a sock, or a ball, into a policeman.

It is about reproducing the roles of each “converted” character, through mimicry; a slightly different exercise, which allows you to work, incidentally, on mental flexibility.

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