Storytelling is a wonderful and engaging learning tool to get your child to exercise his imagination and build up his reading and writing skills. You can inspire and encourage the inner storyteller in your child with this activity by having him create some fairy tale dice! All you need are some Styrofoam cubes, markers, and adhesive paper, and you'll have dice with story elements to play around with. Just roll the dice and sit back, as your child weaves his own innovative and adventurous story.
What You Do:
- Measure one side of a styrofoam square. With the measurements, help your child cut down the white construction paper into squares to cover each side of both dice. There will be 12 white squares total.
- Set aside 6 white square pieces of paper.
- On each of the 6 pieces of white paper, write the name of a different fairy tale character. Some examples are: Queen, Fairy, Jester, Wicked Witch, Princess, Knight.
- On one styrofoam cube, help your child tape a drawing to each side.
- Set this cube aside and begin on the second cube.
- On the other set of square sheets of paper, write six different locations that exist in a fairy tale. Some examples are: Castle, Cave, Tower, Dark Woods, King's Chambers.
- Help him tape these drawings on to each side of the cube.
- Assist him in covering both cubes with clear laminate to protect the drawings.
- Time to tell a story!
- Have your child roll the die with characters on it. The story begins, "Once upon a time there was a..."
- Whichever character is on the top of the die, will be the main character for the story.
- He can then roll the second die, and continue with, "...who lived in a ..."
- Have him continue the story until he needs to add another element. Then, have him roll the dice again.
- If he gets stuck, ask him what actions or verbs his characters are doing, or what may happen next to his characters to encourage story development.
Consider recording your child's fairy tale to share with friends and loved ones! Also, put the new fairy tale book in your child's library. Now he has his own published story to share with others and enjoy!