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I love these Daily Writing Tips and have determined that we will complete at least 2 of them each week.
Today I received one in my inbox and I KNEW it would be a hit! It was a “twist” on the game “Telephone”.
Everyone begins by writing a sentence on a sheet of paper. Then the paper gets passed to the person on the right. Everyone reads the sentence in front of them and illustrates it underneath. Before you pass the paper again, you FOLD BACK the original sentence. The next person should only see the SIMPLE illustration and it is their job to write their own sentence based on the illustration. After writing the sentence, the paper is folded back to hide the illustration and the new sentence is passed along.
We continued in this fashion until we received our original papers. We wrote (or drew) the final piece and then shared them as a group.
“Robbers throw a girl in the trash.”; “The Ninja Turtles boil some poor victim in a mega coffee mug.”; “Knights kill innocent girl.”
“I took a walk into the woods and ran into a bear”; “At the Olympics, Mickey Mouse cheers for the American runner”; “The United Nations cheer for the Americans who love mice.”
“At Thanksgiving the Indians popped popcorn and roasted marshmallows”; “After being hit by lightning, the two men popped popcorn over a fire.”; “The heat from a lightning strike is used by young boys to pop bubbles.”
My girls LOVED this game and want to play with friends. I think we’ll have a blast in a large group!
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