Make Me a Story

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Imagination is never in short supply, especially when you have something to encourage and direct a child's natural creativity. No paint or mess here--magnets tell the story! A 9" x 12" metal tray with a charming watercolor, edge to edge illustration serves as the background. There is a cardboard easel to display the story and the metal piece is flat with rounded edges. A sheet of 32 magnets with the same colorful illustrations include animals, children, and objects to use in your child's stories. It comes in a heavy cardboard portfolio that makes storage a snap, nice and flat.

While I thought this product was so clever, I brought in the resident toy testers, Cheyenh and Dusti (ages 5 and 3) to have a go at the Forest Adventure set. I showed them the background, then gave them 4 magnets to make a story. They went right for it and were sliding the characters around the metal background as they breezily chatted away about a bear, a fish, a birthday cake and a key and what happened at the castle and the pond and the tree stump. Apparently the bear jumped on the cake, the fish lived in the tree, and the key went to the castle where the princess lived (there was no princess magnet at this point). I then added 2 more magnets and the story went on. So how to make this fun playtime activity educational? I have some ideas: spelling words (fish, bear, tree, etc.), writing sentences (The bear ate the cake), editing a story (choose only 4 magnets to start), develop main characters (Is the bear a boy or a girl?), choose a problem for the characters (the cake fell down, the fish can't see out of water). You could have kids use only the background and tell a story. You can give them the characters and have them draw a background. And of course, you can put all of the magnets in front of them and see what happens! ~Sara

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Make Me a Story - Forest Adventure Item #: 005524
Grades: K-5
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Make Me a Story - Robot's Landing Item #: 005549
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Make Me a Story - Animal Cottage Item #: 005504
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Make Me a Story - Fairytales Item #: 005523
Grades: K-5
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