Bored child? Try the Picture Me A Story Game

Do you have a bored child on your hands? The I’m bored ‘Picture me a story’ is a great activity to get everyone involved in storytelling, it encourages ideas, help start a story, build vocabulary and conversation.

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I'm bored!The I’m bored ‘Picture me a Story’ game can be played with one child or many. It can be played with any age group.

It is an excellent way to start sharing stories from the imagination especially if you find it hard to make stories up on the spot.

What You Will Need

Magazines, all sorts travel, nature, fashion, interiors, lifestyle, food, cars, motorbike mags, including newspaper supplements etc.

Scissors for various abilities

A shoe box or similar small box to fit you props into.

How to Play

The first time you play this game you need to do steps 1 – 3, the second time you play this game you can just start at step 4.

  1. Give everyone a magazine including you
  2. Go through the magazine and cut out images you like. With toddlers they can point out what they like and you can cut that out for them. But if your kids can use a scissors encourage them to cut out the images. Set a timer for this activity if you wish.
  3. Place the cut images in the box. Adding images to the box can be a separate activity depending on age groups.
  4. Mix the images up
  5. Everyone picks a few images from the box. If there are only two of you playing you can pick three or four images if there are five kids playing one or two images. Vary the number of images per participant and for how long you want the activity to last.
  6. Show all the images. For tiny tots and toddlers you can start telling the story straight away from the images.
  7. With older children you can ask who wants to start the story, they might need some help or for you to do the first one, link the stories and images together.

Other things you can try

  • Make a book of your story by sticking the images into a scrapbook and filling the story in. You can all share in doing that.
  • Kids can draw different parts of the story or the ending
  • Family photos make a fun addition to the box and story lines

Thrifty hint: Keep an eye out in second hand shops for suitable magazines, ask your hairdresser, doctors, dentist or neighbours can you have old copies of their magazines.

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Did you try the Picture me a story game? Tell us how you got on in the comments below.

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.