Step 2: Get the creative juices flowing
This one requires a bit of advance preparation. After they head off to bed, write each of the following words on their own blank sheet of paper: “Setting”, “Hero”, “Villain”, “Action” and “Ending”.
The next day, carve out a bit of time to sit with your child, and ask them to draw or dictate a few ideas for each page. Treat this as free association, and let them know that there’s no such thing as mistakes or wrong answers during this phase.
Here are a few prompts for each section if they get stuck:
-Setting: What’s a place you visit often? Would you like to set your fairy tale there? What’s your favourite fairy tale? What’s the setting in that story? Would you like to set your story there too?
-Hero: Who is your favourite superhero? What about your favourite person in real life? What do you like about them? What makes them special to you?
-Villain: Now, imagine who might make your hero veeeery upset. What is their personality like? What might they look like?
-Action: Okay, so we’ve got the hero and the villain together in your setting. Imagine what they might say to each other when they see each other. What would they do? Would they have a party? Or maybe get into an argument? Is one of them magic? Maybe the villain (or the hero) casts a spell!
-Ending: After the action takes place, what happens? Is it a happy ending? Or is it a sad ending? Will there be another fairy tale sequel to continue the story?