Kid-Drawn Story Cards & Story-Telling Games

story cards and story telling games

Today, we had a long train trip home from our trip to High Park, so I took the opportunity to have the kids both create and play story-telling games.
They had their markers with them already. And, thinking ahead, I had brought along a big deck of blank white cardstock that I cut into small rectangles [16 per 8.5 x 11 sheet] the night before. As we rode home, I gave each kid a word and had them illustrate it QUICKLY on the card. [Our words were drawn from our reading of Beowulf this week, but you could choose just about anything! People, places, things, and even feelings! Sky’s the limit! …] After the kids had each filled in about 12-15 cards, I shuffled the deck. Then, each of us grabbed a few and we played some story-telling games. First, each of us improvised a 3 minute story using the 5 cards we had in our hand.  Next, we reshuffled and re-drew 4 cards each, improvising 2 minutes of an interconnected story, with the first person having the role of telling a good “beginning” and the last person a good “ending.”




Several sheets of 8.5 x 11 plain cardstock, each cut into 16 rectangles

Write a word (person, place, thing, feeling…) at the top or bottom of each card
Illustrate that word



Each player draws 3-5 cards.

Each player tells a 3-5 minute story using those words.


Each player tells a 3-5 minute section of a story told by the group, starting with player one, and ending with the final player in the group.

Here’s how all of our Beowulf-inspired Story Cards turned out!

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