This is an idea that is useful whenever you are waiting with your kids.
Sometimes you are stuck waiting for something and all you have to entertain the kids is a piece of paper and a pen. What can you do to keep them occupied until the wait is over?
From experience of travelling with two children, I know that the very time you need something to keep them busy can be when you are least prepared. Stranded with no coloring books and crayons, no books to read and too tired to think up a good idea, one game often use to come to the rescue.
It was called 'The Let Us Write a Story Together Game" it was a simple idea and the reason I think it works so well is because it lets you make them laugh and has a gentle element of competition about it. Everyone wants to tell the story their way, but as you take turns it will also take twists and turns and the cleverer you are the more you are likely to get it back on track to your own story idea.
Sometimes it can work well to give the characters the names the children know or to have pets in it that they know. Be careful with the using the kids own names if you know it might cause a dispute between them.
- Mum or Dad starts the story and write down a line or two.
(You can do it without writing it down if you have no pen and paper).
- Next person follows on and adds two or three sentences to the story.
(They can tell it to you or write it down themselves if they want to.)
- Carry on building your story add drawings if they need inspiration or distraction and hopefully whatever you are waiting for arrives before you have finished you family tale.
- Reading it out loud to recap how far you have got with it, can be amusing and helps to pass the time too.