Story in a Bag

Here’s a rainy day boredom buster! All it requires is a bag (paper, plastic, any bag will do), some small treasures found around the house, and a big imagination! For extra fun, let your child decorate their story bag beforehand with crayons, markers, or stickers. Then have your child help you find some interesting items to put in your story bag. Here’s a tip: your little one can help you clean up a bedroom or playroom while searching for items for your bag!
When you are ready to play, pick an item out of the bag… no peeking! Use the item you have picked as a prompt to start your story. Keep picking items to move the story along. There are several variations to this game. You can tell a story to your child or have your child tell you a story to you (you may want to help your child identify the items in their bag before playing). You can also take turns and tell a story together. The story combinations are endless! 
This activity is a great way to encourage your child to use his or her imagination and think creatively. It is also a great way to teach your child about the basic structure of storytelling. Use this activity as an opportunity to expand your child’s vocabulary by describing items or substituting words. Share your ideas or experiences with this activity at
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by Caitlin Schafer
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