Monthly contributor post from Kristen at Celebrate Every Day with Me:
We love a good story. Whether we are sitting down with a book before bed or creating our own tales in the car, we love storytelling and imagination. Today, I have a fun way to get creative but not with the usual white piece of drawing paper. We’ll be using sandpaper as our story’s canvas.
You will need:
- a piece of sandpaper (40 Grit Sandpaper is ideal)
- assorted yarns
3 Ideas for Creative Storytelling with Sandpaper:
1. Book-Led Art. Read a story to your child and let them create images with the various materials on the sandpaper. We read Bear Snores On, one of our favorite stories. My daughter selected different parts of the story to show on her sandpaper canvas. Remind your child that there is no right nor wrong on what they choose to create from the story. Some elements are most definitely easier than others to design in their picture.
2. Collaborative Storytelling. Let your children take turns on the sandpaper, creating a story and building upon each other’s tale. Think of it as different scenes on the pages of a book.
3. Creative Canvas. Have your child create a scene on their sandpaper. Then help them develop a story about their picture. Who is the story about? What happens?
What stories will your sandpaper tell? Do you think your children will enjoy working with sandpaper?
Kristen of Celebrate Every Day With Me is a fun-loving mom to two kids who keep her busy and laughing. Add her great husband and the Lord to the mix and her life is one fantastic (and sometimes crazy) adventure. She is a former youth leader, professional wedding and event planner and has a degree in Christian Thought/Christian Ministry. She loves long lists, diet soda and playing jokes on her husband.
Kristen is the author of Teach Me To Serve: 99 Ways Preschoolers Can Learn To Serve & Bless Others. On her blog, you’ll find fun ideas for children’s activities, creating memorable moments and party planning.