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Write a Fun Story with your Child: 10 Ways to Start a Story

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The mind of a child is a beautiful thing: they can imagine endless possibility and not even understand possibility in the same moment. They ask questions and seek information without understanding that these actions are helping them learn. Children tell stories and make up funny anecdotes and don’t even know what anecdotes are: they are amazing creatures! Help them be even more amazing by getting them to tap into their creative side with a great story! Storytelling is a great way to pass an afternoon and to help your children learn to put together a story from start to finish. Writing is one of those skills that everyone wishes they were better at, so here are 10 story starters to help your child write their own story.

Use these sentences as inspiration to jumpstart your story!

      1. Lucy couldn’t find her teddy bear and it was getting close to bedtime. She looked everywhere for it: under the bed, on the sofa, under the sofa…
      2. Jayden was tired of looking out the window. Driving in the car was boring. He wanted to play a game with his parents. He suggested they play…
      3. While drawing pictures of puppies and kittens, Maria’s crayon broke. She started to cry and her mother told her to try this…
      4. The teacher told the class to close their eyes and imagine….
      5. The funniest thing happened to Jason during a trip to the market to buy bananas and apples. Here is what happened…
      6. Walking through the library at the recreation center, Peter came across a book called “Magic Tricks for Kids.” Peter took the book home and then…
      7. Dana couldn’t get the chewing gum out of her hair and she stated to get upset. Her father grabbed the peanut butter and sat her on a chair…
      8. Ray looked at the puppy through the glass window and wanted to take him home. He asked his mother if he could get a puppy and she said…
      9. Mitchell was running around the living room and he knocked over a table lamp. The lamp broke and then Mitchell…
      10. Oscar woke up from his nap. He was having a dream and he remembered what it was about…

Make storytelling and storywriting a part of your bedtime routine. Reading books and stories is great, but writing stories and making up your own is even more fun. Get a blank notebook and write down your child’s stories, and if they are old enough, let them write their own stories. Over time, you’ll fill up the notebook and have a unique collection of stories that you created together. A great keepsake for any child and parent! Try doing the same thing with books you already own: read the first few lines of a story together and then write your own ending. This can also be a fun game to play on road trips: parents can start the story and kids can finish it!

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