Draw and Tell a Story
summaryThis activity is like a chalk talk, but with crayons. Crayon drawings help children visualize the story youre telling and inspire them to make up new ones.
- The RIF Guide to Encouraging Young Readers.
- Rainy Day Fun
MATERIALS: Drawing paper, crayons
If your library has a copy of Harold and the Purple Crayon, check it out and read it aloud with your children. Then hand them their favorite color crayons and pieces of paper. As they begin to draw (or scribble), coax them to talk about what they're drawing. The more they talk, the more they'll draw. Questions such as, "And then what happened? and Now what is she doing?" will encourage children to put their ideas in sequence. "Why" questions will encourage them to think and to express ideas. Use the same idea to hold your children's attention while you tell a story. Illustrate this one yourself, perhaps writing a few key words on the drawings if your children are prereaders or beginning readers. Children love watching a story unfold in pictures. Dont worry about drawing well; stick figure characters can be distinguished from one another with an interesting detail -- curly hair, moustache, shopping bag, red shoes, and so forth. You can make a quick succession of drawings or one large scene to which you keep adding details. If your children are active, giving them paper and crayons will help keep their hands busy while you read a story aloud. Chances are the drawings will have something to do with the story, representing a character in action. Encourage your youngsters to look up at the book illustrations before you turn the pages. Then, like Harold, they can return to their own visual wanderings.