Writing Activities for Kids

Mix and Match Story Activity

In this mix and match story activity, kids can jumble their stories' beginning, middle and end.

What You'll Need:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pens or pencils
  • Ruler

Using a ruler, take 10 pieces of paper and divide each into six even sections.

Have kids write a very simple story, using six sentences, with a sentence in each section. Make the first sentence a "Once upon a time" character introduction, such as "Once upon a time, there was a green tree frog."

The second describes where the character lived: "He lived in the wilds of a South American rain forest." The third sentence describes the character's special talent: "He was able to hop better than any animal in the realm."

The fourth sentence describes the character's feelings: "But he was sad." The fifth tells why the character felt that way: "He was a very lonely frog." The last line tells how the character solved the problem: "So he found a friend in the pond."

Write a story for each of the pieces of paper. Now cut the sections of each page, and mix and match the lines of the stories. See what wacky combinations come out.

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