Writers Create

Writers create the just-right words and sentences on a page to tell a story.

Illustrators and artists create just right pictures and art to enhance and tell a story.

Creating is powerful and allows writers to see themselves and reflect on their writing.

Time to create.

Gather together the following suggested supplies:

  • Scrapbook paper, and/or card stock (various sizes)
  • Paints—watercolor
  • Crayons or felt-tip markers
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Glue stick or hot glue gun (optional)
  • Folding tool (optional) or ruler

Additional supply ideas:

  • Stickers
  • Photographs
  • Magazine photos
  • Discarded book pages
  • Colored pencils
  • Acrylic paints
  • Wrapping paper or construction paper
  • Rubber bands
  • Stapler

Accordion Book

Accordion Book
Inside of Accordion Book

For step-by-step folding and cutting instructions, read this post on This Little Project: http://www.thislittleproject.com/2009/02/how-to-make-book-from-one-piece-of.html to make an accordion-style mini-book. All you need is one sheet of paper of any size. I created mine with an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of card stock.

Another creative idea with one sheet of paper is shown here:

For additional ideas check this video on Red Ted Art.

Mini Journal

To make a mini-journal use one sheet of scrapbook paper, 8 1/2 X 11, for the cover. Cut the paper in half length-wised. Then cut five sheets of white paper also in half length-wised. This is for the inside pages of the journal. This equals a total of ten pages. Next fold the cover page and journal pages in half. I bound the journal together with small rubber bands. A long-arm stapler could be used. Decorate the cover. Begin writing a story and illustrating.

A Storytelling Box

Fill a small box with various trinkets. A small paper or cloth bag an be used instead of a box. Create and write an imaginative story as you refer to each item. Write the story in your mini-book.

A Book Recommendation

For many more creative ideas to write, create, and tell a story, read:

Show Me a Story 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children’s Storytelling

Written by Emily K. Neuburger

Storely Publishing, 2012

I read. I write. I create.

Consider creating and writing a mini book, mini journal, and a storytelling box with kids. Share and read your story with students during classroom visit, (or via Zoom) readers, writers, and creators. Encourage children to share and read their creations and stories.

These creations make great handcrafted gifts for family, friends, and writerly friends.

Hopefully, this creative approach give you motivation and confidence to use with your writing projects.


Published by Prairie Garden Girl

I am a wife who is adored by my Sweet Perry. Together we are parents to five boys and grandparents to seven unique, sweet, and sometimes sassy grands. Pa Perry and Oma Sue love instilling the love of learning in the hearts of Johannah, Joshua & Jaxon; Henry & Charlotte, and Lily & Lane. I am a reader. I am a children's picture book writer and enjoy writing fiction and nonfiction stories. I am a creator who sews and paints with acrylics and watercolors and sketches with colored pencils. I am an educator to hundreds of students, throughout the years. I am a cyclist on a pink Marin Portofina, and a 5K walker. Perry and I are organic gardeners and enjoy homesteading on the Illinois prairie. Life is a beautiful ride with my Sweet P. Together, Perry and I feel life is a journey filled with joy. We want to live our lives by leaving the world a better place.

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