This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen.
Enjoy crafting with your kids!
Here’s a simple storytelling activity you can try with even very young children who may be too young to write on their own. Melissa & Doug’s Stamp-A-Scene sets can help your child create her own story easily and effectively! For this example, we used the Stamp-A-Scene Farm set to create a simple storybook about a cat that lives on a farm.
What I love about these stamp sets is that they contain everything you need to write a great story line: setting, characters, and even props! They come with their own washable stamp pads and even a few colored pencils. We used our Melissa & Doug colored pencil set to add details to our illustrations too.
To make your own storybook, fold 2-3 sheets of plain letter paper in half. Cut along the fold, then fold in half again and bind with a couple of staples. For a finishing touch, add some colored masking tape to the binding, if desired.
Next, it’s time to create your story! Invite your child to brainstorm a simple storyline, then stamp out the story’s setting (scenery), add characters, and props. My daughter loved coloring in the stamps with colored pencils too! If your child is too young to write, you may want to write down the story as your child dictates it to you.
My daughter loved illustrating her own story about a cat that seeks out a quiet and comfortable place to take a nap on the farm, but keeps running into issues. Eventually, the cat finds the perfect napping spot inside the farmer’s tractor, where the cat falls asleep. But during the course of the its snooze, its tail pushes a switch on the tractor making the engine start! Oh, the excitement!!
Valerie Deneen is the author of Inner Child Fun, where she inspires parents to spend more quality time with their kids, and less money doing it. Inner Child Fun celebrates simple pleasures for all ages—with more than 1,000 frugal and creative projects sure to bring out the “kid” in you too! Follow Valerie on Twitter or say “Hi” on Facebook.