Age: toddler, child, parent
Skill for Bub: Mind builder
Creating stories with your child is a great way to reinforce a love of reading, encourage creativity and foster a world of discovery.
By now, your child may enjoy a budding vocabulary. She also may spend blocks of time each day flexing her newfound imagination. Why not combine the two? Creating stories with your child is a great way to reinforce a love of reading and encourage creativity. It also broadens horizons and fosters a world of learning and discovery.
- Find a comfortable spot and snuggle up with your little one.
- Start the story with a simple action sentence, and then ask your child for input. What is the main character’s name? What happens next?
- Include an obstacle in your story that the main character must overcome. Does the kitty get stuck in a tree? Will the boy find his lost toy? How will the girl tell her mommy that her new dress got stained? Let your child create how the character accomplishes the goal.
- Take the activity a step further and write down the completed story. You can even record your voices telling the story for future enjoyment.
For more story fun, see Baby-Made Books.