Creative Writing Activity

Sometimes an innovative approach is all that it takes to motivate a less-than-enthusiastic child. "Make and Write a Story Roll" is a great way to encourage writing at home. It is a happy activity that gets children excited about creating books. By using both hands and heads children will invent something that is uniquely their own. This is fun to share and a great gift for grandparents or teachers.

It is as easy as collecting simple supplies and, if needed, providing a little help to get the story "rolling".


one or two empty rolls from paper towels or toilet paper

several sheets of white paper

crayons or markers

tape or glue

ribbon, string or yarn


  1. Take a paper towel roll or toilet paper roll.
  2. Cut several sheets of white paper to fit the size (height) of the roll.
  3. Tape or glue 4 to 6 sheets of paper together to form one long sheet of paper.
  4. Tape or glue the sheets of paper to the paper towel roll or toilet paper roll.
  5. Roll it and tie it closed with a ribbon or yarn or string.
  6. Present the paper roll to your child.
  7. Explain that today you are creating a story together.
  8. Ask your child what s/he would like the story to be about. Ex.: – My Rocket Ship, or My Spring Garden
  9. Unroll the paper and begin to write the story together if the child is young.
  10. With older children, ask your child to write the story him/herself.
  11. Start by writing down for him/her a list of words that may help him/her get started. If your child’s story is going to be about his/her favorite foods, you might write a list of foods s/he likes such as pizza, popcorn, ice cream, etc.

On the first page, you could start the story with:

My rocket ship flies up to the stars.

Next page,

My rocket ship flies to the moon.

Next page,

My rocket ship flies fast.


My garden has flowers.

My garden has trees.

My garden has bees.

Next Steps:

Ask your child to illustrate each page of the story. When you finish, read the story to your child if he or she is a non-reader.

Roll up the story, tie it closed and hand it to your child. Ask your child to open the story and read it back to you.

(You can label the story on the outside of the paper roll.)

This project comes to The Growing Room via ImaginationSoup


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