Lines and symbols can tell a story similar to words. An activity like this can also develop print connections (left to right and top to bottom) and small motor skills.
Materials: paper, pencils, story download
Give each child a sheet of paper and explain that their pencil is going to “talk” and tell a story. Demonstrate the symbols as you tell the story so your students can follow along.
Begin the story by saying, “It’s a beautiful day. Let’s go for a walk.” (Walk your pencil across the page with horizontal strokes.)
“Look at the birds flying.” (Make a wavy line from left to right.)
“See the clouds rolling in the sky”….continue the story as you make the different strokes. End the story by “running home” and then the “sun comes out.”
Challenge the children to retell the story using their symbols.
*Use a different color (markers, crayons, or colored pencils) for each symbol.
*Can the children make their own story using symbols?
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