We love stories in all forms – written, illustrated, painted, musical, etc.
Help your child develop his or her own story with this activity from Gallery Educator, Noelle. She shows us the 5 elements of a story – from our Art of the Story exhibiton in the video below.
Start your story
1. First, gather your materials:
- Activity PDF or plain paper
- Bag of assorted props (toys, household items, instruments)
- Artwork to view (at home or online)
2. Next, read through the PDF to read through the 5 elements – settings, characters, plot/action, conflict/problem and resolution – to help you shape your story. Also, pick a prop you’d like for your story.
3. Then, look at the art you picked for inspiration and to think about your story. We used an illustration – Cat Island (featured above) by Esme Shapiro, who is in the Art of the Story exhibition – to shape our story.
4. Finally, start writing your story. Let your imagination (and your props) lead the way – keeping the 5 elements in mind.
Please take a moment to share your stories with us via email or social media. We’re at @ideaMuseum on Facebook and @ideaMuseumMesa on Twitter and Instagram.