Activity # 23 - 'Mystery Story Bag'  (Literacy) NEW!
As it was World Book Day recently, this activity focuses on developing the imagination and enabling story telling as a key skill.
1. This is a quick game to set up and because of the use of random props, never gets boring! Tell your child that you are going to create a story together as a family.
2. Crete a mystery bag, using an old black (or any colour) bag, cutting out a white paper question mark and sticking it to the front.
3. During the week, each family member should put in two random objects. This could be a toy, a photo or a picture from a magazine.
4. No one should look in the bag when putting their objects in, and the bag should be kept safe. This will increase suspense and engagement of the activity.
5. On the chosen 'Story Night', sit together as a family in a circle and empty the bag. Pass each item round so everyone can see it.
6. Choose who will be the 'Author'. This person will select which prop will be the main character. The next person is the 'Set Designer' who will choose the location. (These can also be made up on the spot if no object is suitable for the roles).
7. Take it in turns to make up a sentence, using the main characters, locations and props. Encourage children to use a beginning, middle and end! Give a reward star for each participant.
ii) It is different every time so no one can get bored.
iii) Take a night off from technology with this family activity.
ii) Oral communication
iii) Imagination development
iv) Knowledge of story telling structure
ii) Homemade story bag
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