Creative Kids

Creating storyboards for children is a wonderful way to get them interested in using their imagination and being able to express it through stories:

You could set a specific day for creating a story, or even a weekend. It can be a fun and enticing way to include the whole family. It can be done at home on a rainy day, or whilst away on a road trip.

Things you will need:

  • Pen or pencil
  • paper
  • imagination

Simple ingredients for a fun activity.

I did this activity with my three-year-old son and it will work for any age group. At the beginning of your day, you can explain what the idea is and how you need to stay aware and take notice throughout the day. This activity is also a wonderful mindful exercise too, it makes way for all your senses, which would be excellent if you included all five into your story.

The aim of the day is to gather fun ideas to put into a story if you see something that makes you laugh, smile or cry you can write them down. If something you see interests you like a steam train chugging away into the sunset, or an owl flying overhead, make sure you write it down. If there is a phrase or a specific word that you heard and liked, write it down. Hopefully, by the end of the day, you will have a few sheets of paper filled with fun words or ideas to put into a story. If you are feeling creative you could always select a topic for the story first and gather any inspiration that day on paper. This is better for the older children, I would recommend 8+.

At the end of the day, you can cut out the words or the sentences and lay them out in front of you. The entire family can get involved and add more or take things away to create a brand new story that is unique to you.

Or…

You can also take it in turns and create the story by picking a phrase or word on the paper. One person could write the story down whilst the others take their time to make up a story using the information on the paper. It’s best to choose the person who can write the fastest for this part.

Most of the time the stories are completely meaningless, especially if you just put all the words together without much thought, which can be amusing too. But if you can take time and add in what you feel would make it more interesting or entertaining, then your final story will be a work of art created by everyone in your family. A memento that will be saved for your children’s’, children.

Drawings or photos can be added from your day of collecting words and feelings. This will make your story even more personal and eye-catching.

I would love to hear any of your experiences with this, it is a great activity to do any time of the year. It can be a meditation in itself.

Feel free to share your storyboard ideas or personal stories that you have created using this idea.

Have a fabulous week.

Annie Baxter

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