Everyone has a story to tell—little kids especially love sharing stories about all the imaginary worlds and people they've created. And storytelling is a great way to help improve your child's speaking and writing skills. If you're looking for ideas to get your child sharing, here's an activity to help: create Character Cubes! Roll these cubes for inspiration, and start spinning some wacky and silly stories! This is a quick and wonderful activity for a rainy day or a slow afternoon at home.
What You Do:
- Help your child to cut two milk cartons in half. Discard the top portion of the cartons and fit one end into the other end to create a cube.
- Repeat the process with the other two milk cartons for the second cube.
- Measure the size of the sides of each cube. Help your child cut the paper down into 12 pieces, which will fit on each side of the cube.
- Tape the paper in place on the sides of the cubes.
- On the first die, have him draw six things that he finds interesting. It could be anything from dinosaurs and trucks to knights and math.
- For the second die, he should draw a picture of six different actions. Under each drawing, have him write what action the drawing depicts. Actions can range from swimming and pushing to flying and shopping.
- Laminate the cubes for longevity by covering them with clear contact paper or laminate sheets.
- Encourage your child to roll the dice and make up a story based on the drawings that land face-up. If it helps, he can begin his story with, "Once upon a time."
- Take turns with your child to embellish the story, rolling the dice each time, until your kid decides it's time to wrap the story up and figure out a fitting ending.
Helpful Tip: If you want, you can write down or tape-record this silly story so that it can be shared with others and enjoyed again and again!