|

Family Novel

^"Ages:5 and up

Materials:Common household objects

This won't be the first -- or the last -- time that a group of authors got together to create a literary work. It works like this. Each member of the family goes to a different room in the house and collects a bag full of items -- a toy, a book, a shoe, a hat, etc. (You can specify the number of items to be collected.)

One person then retrieves an item from his or her bag and starts off a story (perhaps the item is a toy dinosaur: "The stegosaurus decided not to go to school today because ..."). The next person pulls an item from his or her bag and adds to the sentence (perhaps a shoe, "... his shoes were too small"). And so on, until all the items have been incorporated into the story.

This activity is clearly easier for older kids. With younger ones, you might have to do the story line yourself -- each child would simply hold up an item for you to use. For variation, have family members select items for one another -- that will add to the excitement and suspense. (Look around the house and imagine wild stories that would arise from using common items as props -- from soup ladles to hair dryers!) However you compose your family novel, be sure to record or write down the story.

|


highlights

7 Tips to Childproof Your Smartphone
Before you hand over your smartphone or tablet, follow these childproofing tips to help keep both your child and your device safe.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

11 Survival Tips for Summer Boredom
When the kids are home all day, every day, summer boredom strikes hard and fast. Learn the best summer boredom busters for children of all ages.

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks