I love the idea of story cards – just pictures to encourage expression. I got the idea from moveablealphabet – where she uses these for expressive writing. So for the past while on Pinterest, I’ve been collecting pictures as I see them. They had to have something funny, or interesting or unusual in them to spark interest in telling a story.
So for us, I think a little while, it will be just looking at a picture and telling a story. One thing I have learnt with my kids is to tell the story first, to help them understand what a story is and how we just make them up. So I think I will be doing this first, until the bug bites and they want to be telling stories too.
Have fun. Please feel free to download my little collection of pictures and save you a bit of time. I’ve made them photo size, 6×4 so that I could easily pop down to my local photo shop and get them printed. It cost me just over $3 to print this collection of over 50 pictures.
To make these collages, I used Picasa, the free image library, by Google. They have a feature called Collages. So you select multiple pictures, click on Collage, add a few features like adding a border, landscape or portrait, etc and it makes them for you. This really helps when your images are small in size. If you printed them on 6×4 the would be blur. But I avoid this by adding multiple pictures to one collage.
Storycards 1 zip