Write a Sequence Story With Stencils

Hands down, Usborne Stencil Cards rule the stencil universe. I use them in writing classes and my kids use them weekly for their creative stories. Why? They’re indestructible! And, frankly, if you can write and easily illustrate a story, it makes the writing process much easier.

Use the animal stencils to make a sequential story. Sequence is huge for kids to understand — beginning, middle and end.

1. Read The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Talk about the days of the week.

2. Then, write your own story.

First pick out an animal stencil for your main character. Then, plan an adventure for that character to have throughout the week.

Give your kids the following writing prompt to get started:

On Sunday . . .
On Monday . . .
On Tuesday . . .
On Wednesday . . .
On Thursday . . .
On Friday . . .
Then, on Saturday . . .

My seven year old planned a story in one day not one week with a Seal (named Sealy) who would make pancakes and then play with her friends.  At 1:00 . . . , at 2:00 . . . and ending the day playing soccer with giraffe in the park.

What do you think?  Isn’t this a fun story?

Usborne makes Animal Stencil Cards, Christmas Stencil Cards, Easter Stencil Cards and Spooky Stencil Cards.

Writing Activity for Kids Sequence Stencil Story

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  1. says

    Never thought about using stencils in this way, and I totally love the idea! Helps students worry less about the “rightness” of the pictures and focus more on the storytelling. Thanks for the post, and I dig the site as well.

  2. Laureen says

    My girls and I would love the Spooky Stencils (though it is a hard choice between those and the Christmas stencils which would probably be great for decorating gifts).

    Thanks for the chance to win! :)


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