Imagination Inspiration

Kids can tell great stories – and they love to do so! Their imaginations can be over the top and you never know what you might get.

If your kids are having a hard time kickstarting their imaginations, a good exercise is to write a story based on pictures. Below I have links to various pictures I’ve taken that can spark imaginations and lead to some fun stories. Feel free to use the pictures with your kids and if you’d like to share, I’d love to read the final stories! – Send them to stories@saschneider.com

Nelson Ledges Quarry State Park – located in Northeast Ohio, this state park is so cool to walk through. It used to be the site of a quarry where they dug up tons of rocks. What’s left are some massive cliffs and the most fantastic rock formations. There are so many great stories that can spring from these pictures.

Traveling Dogs – Many people take their dogs on vacation with them. I’m sure the dogs are excited and love the trip. Or maybe they don’t. Use these pictures to help inspire kids to come up with stories about traveling animals.

Giant Candy – Magical lands can be created with candy. Giant candy. Every kids dream. There can be countless stories set within a candy world.

What I Did on Summer Break – turn a ho-hum writing exercise into a fun and imaginative adventure for your kids.

Rewriting CS Lewis – CS Lewis’ famous book, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” has a fairly truncated battle scene. As an exercise, kids can rewrite it to make it more interesting.

Parents and Educators

If you're looking for material to help your kids write and tell stories, let me keep in touch with you. I'll let you know when I have:

New study guides

Words to Know

Writing Inspiration

articles on narrative design (video game storytelling)

and any free stories for your kids which all include "Words to Know", Discussion Questions, and Write Your Own ideas



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