NATIONAL KEEP KIDS CREATIVE WEEK (Magic of Making Stories)

Thursday, September 27th: Listen. Just listen. That’s one secret to NATIONAL KEEP KIDS CREATIVE WEEK (September 23-30).

The creator of this celebration, Bruce Van Patter, says, “Having a young daughter (as well as teenage boys), I know that kids’ stories can get long-winded, but when you show your interest, you do a tremendous amount for your child’s confidence in their ideas. Don’t worry so much about where the story goes; it doesn’t need to make sense. Just listen as they ramble, and ask questions along the way. “Then what happened?” “How did (your character) feel about that?” “Why do you think the bad guy wanted to do that?” If they want to write down their idea, help them to find a shorter, more concise version. Get the heart of the idea down for them to remember. They may want to add more or change it later.”

A fun family activity is the Magic of Making Stories. Making stories is great fun! See here how your family can create your own.

Where will your family stories lead YOU?

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