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Story Starters for Kids

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Get these story starters for kids to help develop their writing skills. These story starters will spark the inner writer, and show kids that writing can be fun! From writing a summer memory book, to creating an animal folk tale, to making a comic strip, these activities are sure to inspire the imagination and help your child put pen to paper. You can download them one at a time or all at once.

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Create an Animal Folk Tale

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Invite your first grader to follow a African tradition by coming up with an explanatory African folktale and assembling a book to go along with it.

The Zoo Stories: Imagining Animals at Night

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Here's a fun writing activity that will turn a Saturday trip to the local zoo into an all-out creativity bonanza.

Wham! Bam! Kapow!: Cartoon Storytelling

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Challenge your kindergartener to a whole new method of storytelling, and improve his fine motor skills in the process.

Content Clues: Writing with Pictures

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This book-making activity is quick and easy, and it gives emerging readers insight into how a story's illustrations provide context clues.

Spark a Story

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This activity will help generate ideas for your child to write about...without the moans and groans!

Write a Painting-Inspired Story

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The everyday American scenes painted by Edward Hopper provide a great opportunity for your middle schooler to narrate and engage in storytelling.

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Write a Tall Tale

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Help your second grader grasp her understanding of tall tales and practice writing with this activity by writing her own about your family!

Write a Collaborative Story

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This fun writing activity takes a regular task - writing a story - and transforms it into a collaborative writing experience for hilarious results!

Write a Pet Sitter Guide

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Give your third grader's reading and writing skills a stretch: have her create a Care Manual for your pet the next time your family goes away.

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