Story Time


Sequencing Stories

Buy 2 cheap books; the best kinds are the ones that are the kind that are bound with staples. Take both books apart, and put all of the pages on the table so that one of each page is facing up. Then have your child put the stories in order like a puzzle. A great sequencing activity!(read more)

Calling all Budding Thespians

Instead of simply reading your child's favorite book again, make it interactive. Let him/her choose a page or scene from the book and act it out. For example, my son loves construction equipment, so he goes through his books and tells me to be one of the bulldozers and he pretends to be one of the dump trucks. We crawl around on the floor and pretend to ...(read more)


The Goldfish Game

My children all played this precious snack-time game at their preschool, and it has remained our favorite way to eat goldfish crackers. How to play: Explain to your child that you're going to tell him a story while he eats, but he has to be patient and only eat when the story tells him to (sometimes this can be hard, so make sure your little one isn't starving when ...(read more)

Story Strip

Use this activity to help build your child's memory skills and story-telling skills. Take simply drawn characters from your preschooler's favorite book (Very Busy Spider or Brown Bear, Brown Bear are good choices) and put them on a strip of accordion-folded paper. You can free-hand, trace, or find clip art on the computer. Each fold should contain the picture of one character. This activity can be done ...(read more)

I See My Little One Looking at Me

There is just something magical about the cadence and content of Eric Carle's books. My kids loved Brown Bear, Brown Bear so much that we have made several book adaptations in our house. One is a book of friends and family members: "Katie, Katie, who do you see? I see Aunt Deb looking at me!" This is a great way to remember family that you ...(read more)


Going on a Bear Hunt

With your kids, sing the old summer camp song 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt.' (If you can't remember the words, you can find them here Afterwards go back through the song and discuss (depending on the age of your children) each environment they go through on the bear hunt (grass, tree, river, cave). Then explain that they will color and create each location using construction paper and ...(read more)


Tall Tales for Your Toddler

Try just starting a story in a quiet-ish moment. It can be a total non sequitur, no moral, no point, no lesson. Look at your little one and start with 'Did I ever tell you about ...' and just take it from there. The funny cat that used to live next door to us, the day we moved into this house, the first time I met your ...(read more)

Magnetic Story Boards

Encourage your child to recreate a story or create one of his own by using this magnetic story board. Pull out one of your old, burnt, baking sheets (or get them cheap at a garage sale). Cover the inside of the pan with some solid color contact paper. Then create "magnets" with your child -- you can create pieces by using felt or laminated card stock ...(read more)


This takes a little time and is a little messy, but is well worth the effort for the cuteness factor! Paint half of your little one's foot, from heel to mid-foot, with red and white stripes. Paint a circle of black around the ball of their foot and their toes, with a white circle in the middle. Press their foot down, and Voila! The Cat in the ...(read more)

Picture Toast

Read a book with your child. In a small cup, mix 1/4 cup of milk with a few drops of food coloring. Use a Q-tip to paint the colored milk onto a piece of bread. Ask your child to paint their favorite part of the story or their favorite character. You can mix several different colors of milk to make a more colorful piece of bread. ...(read more)

Identifying Opposites

Read The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss. Have your child demonstrate the pairs of opposite words using their own feet. For example, put one foot low and one foot high. One foot forward and one foot back. One foot loud and one foot quiet. The parent can call out the first word, and the child can finish the opposite pair.(read more)

To Tell a Tale

To Tell a Tale works like this: Give the first player a pen to use as a microphone. She begins a story and when she passes the pen, the next person continues it. You can pass it back and forth, if it's just the two of you, but the beauty of this game is that it is so easily adaptable to having more people play along.(read more)


Mix-It-Up Storytelling

This is a great activity for long car rides! You and your child (or children) take turns adding to a story. The parent begins by saying the first line (e.g. 'Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to go the circus. And then one day when she went the craziest thing happened...'). Each storytelling participant then takes turns adding to the story. ...(read more)


Step into the Story

Next time you read a story to your preschooler, try this activity to develop his problem solving and creative thinking skills. When you get to a point in the story where the character faces a problem or needs to make a decision, stop reading and ask your child to describe what he might do in a similar situation. Encourage him to explain his choices.(read more)

Rhyming and Reading

Read a book with rhyming words, such as Goodnight Moon, with your child. As you read it, ask your child to help you find the rhyming words. Write down each rhyming pair. Talk about how some words rhyme and do not have the same spelling pattern (bears and chairs) or number of syllables (moon and balloon). Rhyming is an important language development skill to learn, and ...(read more)


Story Starter

Here's an activity you can do before bedtime or on long car rides. Suggest three or four characters (say a pig, a basket, a car, and an apple) and challenge your child to create a story that uses these characters. Then switch roles either using the same characters or have your child pick new ones for you. You can also play this game in restaurants, using the menu and ...(read more)

Sticker Stories

Give your child several sheets of paper and some stickers. If you wish, you can cut the paper into shapes (example: hearts for Valentine's Day). Your child can then put the stickers (and draw, too) on the paper to 'write' his or her story. When done, your child can share the story with you. These are also fun mementos to hang on your child's bedroom ...(read more)

Puzzle Stories

Wooden puzzle pieces, especially the chunky ones or ones with pegs, make great 'characters' for pretend play. If your child is through with fitting the pieces into the spaces, or just never took to puzzles, store the board and use the pieces. If you want to be really creative, you can create a shoe box barn or zoo for animal puzzle pieces, or a garage for car and ...(read more)


Dr. Seuss Hats

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday by making Cat in the Hat hats. Take a 9x13 piece of white paper and have your child paint red horizontal stripes. Let dry. Meanwhile, cut out the circle part of a paper plate. Punch a hole on each side of the plate and string red yarn through the holes (these will be the ties that hold the hat on). The ...(read more)

Reusable Coloring Pages

Select a few pages from a coloring book. Laminate the pages (you can have them laminated for you at a local office supply store or you can purchase laminate sheets that don't require heat from your local drug store). Allow your child to use dry erase markers to color the pictures. Then, when they are through, you can rinse the page off in the sink or wipe ...(read more)

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Top Ten Things Every Creative Home Needs


A home that encourages creative thinking and expression would include: 1.  At least one adult (preferably more) who engages the child  with thoughtful interaction and also models wondering about the world and a desire to learn. 2.  An understanding of the child's unique ways of learning . If we

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