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Family Fun: Build-A-Story Cards

A few months ago, we featured these Build-A-Story cards from Barefoot Books. They’re a fun way to Imagine Your Story - write or tell a story of your own! This time, we’ve got more cards with new characters, settings, and ideas for you to use.

You can use these to keep up your writing skills (both to keep your brain sharp AND to practice your handwriting, or even your typing!), or you can use them with your family to spend an enjoyable afternoon (or morning, or evening…) together sharing a story. Make it silly, suspenseful, full of adventure – whatever you and your family enjoy, just make it fun! 

The red cards are character ideas for your story; use one or all in your story! What is his/her name? How is she feeling? What is he doing? Are your characters siblings? Do they get along with each other?









The yellow cards are the setting; again, you can choose one, or challenge yourselves to incorporate them all. Where is your story happening? What does it look/smell/feel like? Do your characters move from one place to another? 







The blue cards are objects – things your characters might find or can use; choose one to focus on or see if you can make them all fit into your storyline! What is the object? How does your character use it? Is it something they found, or an old favorite object?







Share your stories below in the comments, or email to let us know what you’ve been working on!

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