How to Encourage Your Little One to Write a Short Story

How to encourage your little one to write a short story imagine forest

As parents, we all want our little ones to inculcate some or the other passion. Whether it is the passion towards playing a certain sport or get down to learning a specific form of art. There are parents who want their kids to learn the art of story-telling or making stories. Though on a funnier part, they’ll be making a lot of stories as they grow up hiding their mistakes, there are some, who actually want the tiny tots to learn how to write a story or be able to tell a story that is made by them itself.Taking those first steps towards writing a story can be both fun and challenging for the little ones. You have to be their guide when they take this first step. Plan it accordingly and put a lot of thoughts before you finally sit down to make this happen. There are so many other things that you should be looking at other than looking for an inspiration, ideas, and anything that would trigger this process. Helping your child structure their story from beginning to end is a great way to make the writing process a whole lot easier.

The following are some ways that you can consider in helping your little one draft his/her first story. Go on and read them until the end.

Step 1: Inculcate the idea of reading stories

The very first basis of writing a story is to like reading different kinds of stories as a child. You can offer 5-7 new stories to your little one before he/she starts their writing their own. This will broaden their mindset towards letting the new ideas come in. Let your child understand the characterization, plots and the climax of the stories to get to know the structure of the same. Check out our reading lists for kids for some ideas.

Step 2: Think of an idea

Well, you might have read the books together and that’s what you need to do in order to find an idea about a story. In order to make a basic plot, the inspiration should be clear. While reading the stories, you can ask your kid to give it a suitable ending. This would broaden the mindset and a clearer understanding. Encourage them to write that they can relate to in their personal life. Whether it is from school or their surroundings, it can be anything. If you are still stuck, ask your child to use this fun and wacky story idea generator for kids.

Step 3: Create the characters and name them

Now, when the storyline is decided and the idea is full-proof, you should get down to creating the characters, their names and the setting of the story. When the story is inspired by their real life, encourage them to use different names and avoid the real ones. Name all the characters including the leads, supporting cast, animals, and everything else too. The setting of the story can be anywhere ranging from the actual location to London, Paris, or any other location that they like. Let your child’s imagination run wild and avoid being critical or adding your own creative flair to their ideas. The Imagine Forest character creator is a brilliant for resource for kids.

Step 4: The beginning should be perfect

A normal story has a beginning, middle, twist and an end. However, talking about kid’s stories, there’ll only be the beginning, middle and an end. Now, ask your child to think about the basic idea of the story and create the first scene. For example, if a story is about an animal farm from where the alien hijacks the animals. The beginning scene should be something like a big field where the different animals are eating grass, resting, soaking sun, drinking water or something like that. Make sure you have a lead role that is different from the other characters and will make the difference.

Step 5: The middle should be slightly tricky

A story that does not have a turning point is considered to be boring and dull. Continuing the example of the farm and alien, the twist in the middle part can be that the alien ship came to Earth and then to the farm and hijacked all the animals who were on the ground. Only the main character was left as he was sleeping in the barn on the hay and the alien ship could not see it. Give tiny hints to your kid and let him/her make the whole middle part by joining the connections. They can even introduce a new character to shake things up and make the story more interesting.

Step 6: The conflict continues

Let the build-up continue with the kid’s imaginations going free and wide. It can be a eureka moment, a time where a character discovers a hidden superpower or a surprise that throws the whole story into a spin. Ask your child to think of something that the reader would least expect.

Step 7: The resolution

If the story doesn’t have a happy ending, it is not an ending for sure. The resolution in the same example would be – that the main character goes to the outer space and brings back all his friends safely to the earth. Likewise, ask your child to give it is a suitable ending with the animals partying in the farm for being safe and claiming the main character to be their hero.

Voila!! The first story by your little one is ready. With a few editing spots, you can post it somewhere where others can read it and compliment him/her for doing so. You can gift her with a beautiful girl’s party wear dress for being so innovative and creative. Or a nice toy spaceship for creating such a marvelous story! You can even think of any other type of reinforcement too as it serves as an encouragement.

I’m Priya, a writer by choice and an observer by nature. Being a mother of 2, I love to share my experience on parenting. I have been writing about kids fashion, lifestyle and health for quite some time. I have written content for many websites like Foreverkidz.in.