Grab a stuffed animal, tell a story, pretend play the story, then write it down! It’s the best way to get young writers writing fluently because once they’ve said and played the story, they’re primed to write it . . . already knowing what they want to say.
So, pick a favorite stuffed animal or several.
Make up a story with your plush toy.
Use your props around the house. Does your toy need anything in the kitchen? What about mittens and gloves?
Help your child by encouraging him to think of a problem and solution. Good stories need both.
Act out your story with your stuffed animals. Change it and make it better as you go.
Write down your story. Illustrate with pop-ups, collages, or water colors.
WIN IT SWEEPSTAKES
Imagine Toys is generously offering the Woodours (French for wood bears) Papa and Baby Bear set to one Imagination Soup reader valued at $49.95. Leave a comment and tell us your child’s favorite stuffed animal by July 16, 2012.The beautiful French Woodours Papa and Baby Bear play set grows with kids from toddlers to elementary school kids. By entering this sweepstakes, you agree to Imagination Soup’s official sweepstakes rules. No purchase necessary. Open to individuals in U.S. only, 18 years of age or older, void where prohibited. Winner chosen at random.