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Getting a three year old and four year old to sit down to practice writing is hit and miss. Sometimes writing time ends up as doodling time or arts and crafts. Getting a three year old and four year old to use their imagination, however, is no challenge at all. The girls and I recently had a little fun with a new learning tool that sparks creativity in writing and story-telling, Mama May I Story Starters.
The Mama May I Story Starters kit inspires children of all ages to use their imagination and create awesome stories. The kit comes in a tin box which includes:
- 4 six-sided topic wooden dice
- a Moleskin notebook for writing a story
- a pen
- symbol key
- play instructions and suggestions
How We Used the Story Starters
Mama May I includes several suggestions on how to use the Story Starters. However you choose to use them will most likely result in building skills such as improv, public speaking, problem-solving, greater vocabulary and imaginative thinking.
I intended to use the kit by rolling the dice and having my daughters share a story aloud while I wrote it all down; however, with preschoolers you often have to go with the flow and allow them to lead the learning time. We rolled the dice and landed on the images representing a party, a boy, the sun, and signs. As I prepared to write, my oldest daughter said she wanted to draw the story. It took me zero seconds to realize that was a brilliant idea. So, we got out our drawing supplies and created a story through art about a boy’s birthday party that started out with lots of sunshine and turned into a snowy party. The activity was a great way to spend 30 minutes of our morning together and added some cute art to our cork board.
Other Ways to Use the Story Starters
In a Classroom: Divide students into groups. Have each group roll dice to see what prompts they will use to create a story. Have each group write their stories and share with the class.
While Traveling: Road trips without activities for little ones can be challenging. Roll the Story Starters dice and have each person in the car share a story that includes each object or idea that the roll decided.
Family Time: Create your own bedtime story with the Story Starters. Your family will never hear the same bedtime story twice. Take turns and allow both the parents and kids to share stories.
What’s great about this resource is it can be used for many years. The quality of the hand-stamped images on each die, topic suggestions and tin box makes the Mama May I Story Starters capable of encouraging creative writing from preschool years all the way to high school.
You can find this Mama May I resource and MANY others at Educents.com.
Other Writing Tools on Educents
Writing Poetry With Children– Step-by-step directions lead students through writing couplets, cinquains, haikus, and limericks.
The Essential Homeschool Writing Tool– Kids of all ages follow WriteWell’s self-directed instructions to compose a full essay.
Cursive Writing Hero Worksheets– Meet the Educents Heroes! They’re here to help your child learn cursive upper and lower alphabet letters with 53 pages of FREE writing worksheets!
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What are your favorite writing resources for children?