Writing Idea: Say It, Play It, Write It

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Sometimes your kids need help with writing idea development. So grab a stuffed animal, tell a story, pretend play the story, then write it down!

Writing Idea Development

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.

writing idea development


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.

writing idea development


Write down your story. Illustrate with pop-ups, collages, or water colors.

writing idea development



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