Activity

Write a Story From an Ant's Perspective

What You Need:

  • Several sheets of primary story writing paper (with lines to write at the bottom and a place to draw at the top)
  • Kid-friendly camera

What You Do:

  1. You can begin this activity several ways. You can either talk with your child about what they think it would be like to be an ant or you may want to read one of the many classic stories discussing this topic. One suggestion is "Two Bad Ants," by Chris Van Allsburg.
  2. Next, have your child think about what the objects in your home might look like to a tiny little ant. What might the television or the computer look like?  What about the refrigerator or the stove?  Would an ant be afraid of the vacuum or a broom? 
  3. Then invite your child to take an "ant's tour" of your house with a camera. They'll need to position themself very low and very close to each object they examine...have them photograph some things they see from this "miniature" perspective.
  4. Have your child take three pages of the primary writing paper out. The first page is for the "beginning."  Help them paste one or two photographs onto the picture section of the primary writing paper, and then have them write a few sentences or more describing what an ant would see if it entered your home, keeping in mind what they've been thinking about throughout this activity. 
  5. Have your child repeat this process for the two other pages, explaining that the second page is for the middle of the story, and the third is for the end. What's most important at this stage in your child's writing development is that they just write...but if it doesn't interrupt the flow, it's okay to remind them that all sentences begin with a capital letter and end with either a period, question mark or exclamation point.

If your child enjoyed writing this activity, next time they can write a story from the perspective of a fly or bee. If they have seen and enjoyed Bee Movie then this should prove to be a popular activity. They can also take the adventure outside and photograph some plants, or anything else they might like, from a fly's or a bee's perspective. It will be a great project for a warm day. Collect the stories together to create an entire book. Who knows—it’s quite possible they will have created a literary family classic.

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