Eraser Stories Motivate Beginning Writers

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You know those cute little erasers that are so popular right now? Well, use them to inspire a story idea for beginning writers!

All ages will have fun with this writing idea, especially beginning and reluctant writers. (Photos from the Imagination Soup writing workshop today.)

Also visit gifts for writers to see more writing motivation ideas.

Beginning Writer Story Starter

I found packets of erasers like these for $1 at Michaels.

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Writing Lesson: Beginning, Middle, End

Read only the beginning of a picture book with limited words. I read Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown.


Talk about how the beginning introduces the character and setting. Ask, “Where will your story take place? Who will be in your story?” Use the erasers to get ideas.

Talk. Draw. Write.

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Read the middle of the picture book.


Talk about the middle of a story. The middle is the action, usually a problem. Ask, “What is going to happen in your story? Is there a big problem?”

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Talk. Draw. Write.

Read the end of the picture book.

Talk about what made it an ending and why you couldn’t have ended the story in the middle. Ask, “How are you going to end your story?”

Talk. Draw. Write.

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Share your stories. Read for bedtime. Keep in your bookshelf. Celebrate your creativity!

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16 Responses

  1. I’ve been eyeing all of those fun erasers (I see a bunch in Target’s dollar spot, too) and have been wondering what we could do with them. Thanks for the inspiration! And for sharing with the Kids Co-Op.

  2. Plain Vanilla Mom says:

    Love this idea! Adding it to our summer bucket list for a rainy day activity.

  3. Oh, I love this idea! There’s something so endearing about using small “creatures” to stimulate writing, and I bet kids are right into it.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. I like that idea. We have a box of those cute but expensive Japanese erasers from about two years ago, maybe 3? Before the Silly Bandz craze.

    My kids didn’t use them as erasers but they would use them like mini stuffed animals to play with. Such a good idea to use them as writing prompt! Plus, if they make a mistake, they can always ERASE it!

  5. I haven’t seen these…are they a school-age craze? They are cute!

    1. my kids love them – maybe not a craze yet. Like @pragmatic mom said in her comment, my kids play with them like stuffed animals.

  6. Great tip as usual! Love using them as writing prompts, get the kiddies creative juices flowing!

  7. Great tips for those working on writing skills.

  8. This is such a great idea! I love how you went through the writing process on this post.

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