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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  1. Each kid has a favorite (stuffies are very beloved in our house).
    #1: His penguins (he is very fair and refuses to pick a favorite but he does rotate through them)

    #2: His bunnies (they are all the same blanket type animal from when he was a baby) They all look alike but have different names and he loves them all. Fluffy and Cowboy are his favorite but I have no clue how he tells them apart

    #3: Tie between stuffed Nemo and musical Lulla Bunny (from the Suzi’s Zoo collection)

    #4: a little pink pig called Pig 😉

  2. My little guy’s favorite stuffed animal is a looooong stuffed snake that his grandma bought him at the zoo.

  3. Currently her family stuffed animal is a corn husk doll we made this summer. 🙂

  4. My both kids LOVE hedgehogs and owls. They each have their own collections of them.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  5. Very cute bears! My son’s favorite stuffed animal is “Buddy” the shark. We got him at the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s gift shop. He likes to sleep with him under one arm. He got a stuffed frog which he named “Froggy”. He sleeps with him under his other arm. 🙂