Word Games with Sandpipers: Storytelling Prompts

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Word Games with Sandpipers: Storytelling Prompts

 

Happy Wednesday! This week’s Word Games with Sandpipers goes back to the basics of storytelling—the ‘where to begin?’

 

As narrators of the Rescue Dogs Movie, we sandpipers love to start stories, but sometimes we need a prompt to help brainstorm.

 

We hope after this game you and your family will enjoy a day filled with entertaining stories.

 

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Items:

— Paper

— Pen

— Scissors

— Jar

 

Instructions:

  1. Brainstorm story prompts (or use our suggested prompts!) and write them on paper.

  2. Cut out the prompts and fold them to fit inside the jar or bag.

 

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Prompt Suggestions:

— Two children find a treasure chest…what’s inside?

— Look over there! Did you see that giant…

— I thought it would be a boring day until I walked into the kitchen and found…

— An elephant and a mouse are best friends. How did they meet?

— One day a family of dogs decided to adopt a family pet…

— The three little pigs invite Goldilocks and the three bears over for dinner…

— On a bright and sunny summer day, the snow began to fall…

 

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Have each person pull a slip of paper from the jar and create a story based on the prompt. Whether it’s written or spoken aloud is up to you!

 

This game can occupy an individual as a fun writing activity, or the whole family can spend time as a group creating and listening to stories together.

 

If a story hits a roadblock, it helps to ask a few questions to get the creative juices flowing again. Who else is there? Where did the character go next? Remember to ask about the character’s five senses: hearing, sight, touch, smell and taste. And don’t forget the five Ws: who, what, when, where and why?

 

Thanks for checking out this Word Games with Sandpipers. What types of stories did your family members tell? Share how your Storytelling Prompts activity went in the comments below.

 

h/t: Kitchen Counter Chronicles

 

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Word Games with Sandpipers: Word Dominoes

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Word Games with Sandpipers: Word Dominoes

 

Welcome back this lovely Wednesday to Word Games with us, the Sandpipers and narrators of Rescue Dogs the Movie.

 

This week’s game is all about those brief, consonant-vowel-consonant words, or CVC words. These are the short, single-syllable words (such as d-o-g and c-a-t) we learn when we first begin to read and spell.

 

We hope you and your beginning-readers enjoy Word Dominoes! Who doesn’t love to have fun AND learn?

 

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Items:

— 20 popsicle sticks

— Markers

— List of 40 CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words

 

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Instructions:

  1. Write CVC words on the sticks randomly.

  2. Feel free to decorate the sticks.

  3. That’s it!

 

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There are a few ways to play the game. Players can match beginning letters (e.g.: cat/cot, mop/mat), or they can match words that rhyme (cat/mat, got/cot). Sticks are divided up between players and there should be one stick in the center to begin.

 

Whichever player has a word that matches the starting stick goes first. The game continues just like the usual dominoes game, with players taking turns matching. If someone cannot add a stick, that person skips a turn.

 

The first person to use up their sticks wins!

 

Tip: the more sticks, the better. To add additional layers to the game, have each player use the matching words in a sentence before placing the stick or come up with more rhyming words.

 

Do you have other game extension suggestions? How did your family like Word Dominoes? Share your experiences in the comments below and check back next Wednesday for more Word Games with Sandpipers!

 

h/t: Nurture Store

 

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Word Games with Sandpipers: Roll a Story

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Word Games with Sandpipers: Roll a Story

 

Hello, again! As you know, we’re sandpipers and narrate Rescue Dogs the Movie. We’re glad you could join us for more Word Games.

 

We thought this week we could focus on our favorite type of word game—storytelling!

 

“Roll A Story” is simple to set up, fun AND educational. So get ready for a creative way to bring the entire family together.

 

Items:

— Dice

— Paper

— Pencil/Pen

 

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Instructions:

  1. On a spare piece of paper, make four columns: Character, Setting, Problem and one for dice numbers.

  2. In the dice column, list the number of dots as one through six.

  3. Check out our example to brainstorm what to include in the other three columns. We’ve included both realistic and creative options.

 

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The game is simple: each player rolls a die three times. The first roll gives them a character, the second offers a setting, and the third is the problem or scenario.

 

Now, let the storytelling begin!

 

Each person comes up with a story to go with the three elements they’ve been given. For another variation, have players roll a second or third round to come up with two or three sets of story scenarios to combine into one.

 

This is a great exercise to hone skills in narration, articulation and voice. It’s also entertaining to hear what sort of solution each person comes up with for their character’s “problem.”

 

Let us know your version of Roll a Story by sharing in the comments below. What sort of stories did your family tell? Be sure to come back next Wednesday for more Word Games with Sandpipers!

 

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h/t: Crazy Speech World

 

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Word Games with Sandpipers: Word Hunt

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Word Games with Sandpipers: Word Hunt

 

Welcome! We’re sandpipers and the narrators of Rescue Dogs the Movie. So naturally, we’ll be here every Wednesday spreading the word—ha!—about our favorite word games.

 

We thought we’d kick things off with a fun word hunt. That’s right, an actual word search! This is perfect for any youngins who love finding hidden items and are just learning to read.

 

The level of difficulty is up to you—over time you can select more challenging words. Bonus: It can be played both indoors and outside.

 

Let’s get started!

 

Items:

— Post-its

— Paper

— Pencil

Optional: Clipboard

 

 

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Instructions:

  1. Write words on post-it notes and stick them around the house.

  2. Make a Word Hunt page to match the post-it notes. If you have a clipboard, attach the sheet to it for tallying ease.

  3. Read through the words together with the kiddies a few times and send them off with the sheet to begin the hunt!

 

 

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The youngsters will enjoy searching while learning and recognizing words. Additionally, they can practice tallying and counting how many of each word they find.

 

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Feel free to change up the game to better-fit your family! You can encourage children to form sentences from the words they’ve found. Not into tallying? Just stick the post-it note directly onto the word’s box on the Word Hunt sheet—it’s also a quick clean-up tactic.

 

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When the activity winds down, stick the post-its together to use them again next time.

 

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We hope you enjoyed this week’s Word Games with Sandpipers! Share your favorite word game in the comments below, and don’t miss out next Wednesday for more entertaining wordplay.

 

h/t: Walking by the Way

 

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