Interactive Family Story Trail
This is an outdoor walking-story, co-authoring activity. In it, child-adult pairs walk along an outdoor trail of 6 illustrations in search of a story. Story Scouts will integrate submitted story responses into a co-created community story and publish it online.
At each illustration station, the child imagines a story the illustration sparks and speaks, writes, or draws the response. The adult uses the furnished sticky note to write down the child’s story, or takes a picture of the story prompt with a camera phone so the child can refer to it later to write, draw, or dictate a story with the adult. The child-adult team submits the story online to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To co-create an original children’s book with community members as a way of bonding through creativity and outdoor movement together. We encourage multigenerational pairs of adults and children to write, draw, and imagine together. They join with other community authoring/drawing teams by responding to story prompts placed on a short outdoor walking trail.
Many child-adult creative authoring teams will help co-create one giant story by walking the interactive Family Story Trail. They will stop at each of 6 pictures to interact with it by imagining what the story might be, as suggested by how or what the picture makes them feel or think of. Everyone’s contributions will be added together by youth and mentors into a single story, and published online.
AGES: Preschool-grade 4
TIME: 1 hour; highly flexible