CREATING A STORYBOOK WITH YOUR CHILD
Written by: Susanne Myers [Susanne is the founder of www.kinderinfo.com]
Tips for creating a storybook with your child - including writing and illustrating.
Writing is still one of our major forms of communication as well as a
great way to express ourselves. Creating a storybook with your child is
a fun way to introduce him or her to creative writing. You will also
get to spend a few hours of quality time together and the end result
will become a family treasure for years to come.
All you need is a notebook, a pen, and anything else you and your child
would like to use to illustrate a story. You can draw pictures
together, or make a collage out of old photos and magazine cut outs. Of
course you can also add stickers, glitter or anything else you can come
But let's start at the beginning. The idea is to come up with a story
and to write it down in the notebook. If your child has never made up a
story, she will need some guidance and help from you. Think about what
she is interested in right now: dinosaurs, ponies, ballet; characters
from a particular book or TV show, etc.
Ask your child to name the main characters and encourage them to
describe what they look like, what clothes they are wearing and where
they are. You'll be surprised how quickly they will come up with a
story line from there. Encourage them along the way.
If your child is old enough to write, have her write the story herself
as you go along creating it. Offer to take turns if she is still new at
writing. Otherwise, write it down for her.
Have fun decorating or illustrating the story.
Start your next creative writing afternoon by reading some of the
stories you have already created. Give your child the option to either
continue with the same set of characters or to come up with some new
ones. Before long you will have an entire book of stories that you will
both treasure for a long time.
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