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Story Stretchers

Ideal for Preschool/Pre-K

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This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to demonstrate the use of creativity and imagination in learning and play. In this activity, one family member will offer a story prompt. Each family member adds to the story, stretching it out as long as possible. Try this activity over a family dinner or while in the car.

Materials Needed:

  • None

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Offer a story prompt, such as, “Once a family lived in a tiny house in the woods. They were very happy, but one day a giant…”
  2. Ask another family member to continue the story, adding more detail and ending at a critical point.
  3. Continue adding to the story, making it as farfetched, silly, or exciting as you like.

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