Mystery Writing Bags
Welcome to Monday’s Muse! Every Monday morning of the school term in 2014, Write Away With Me posts a writing and/or storytelling activity that you can try with your class or your children at home.
This writing activity was a great hit at The Writer’s Club. It requires a little preparation to get started but in a classroom, assembling the mystery bags could be part of the fun!
Here’s what went into our Mystery Writing Bags:
Each child received a bag with the same ‘ingredients’ for a great story. Children could then use the objects in the bag to make a picture, create a character or any object that might appear in their story. I have done this activity with Preps and given each child a piece of coloured A3 card with their mystery bag of goodies. They then pasted the objects to create a picture on their piece of card, before writing their story. It’s quite amazing how many variations can come from using the same group of objects. This provides lots of opportunities for discussing the creative process and how making interesting connections leads to original ideas.
Mystery Writing Bags allow children to play with pictures and imagery before they actually start writing.
“There are some things that are real, that you can see, that you can observe, like the moon, and grass and things. But for ideas to become real, they have to be played on your senses. They have to come through you. And that act brings them into the world.”
After 25 years teaching experience, from Early Childhood to VCE, Beth Cregan combined her passion for books, writing and storytelling to launch ‘Write Away With Me’. Now in its fourth year, Write Away With Me offers a wide range of original and creative storytelling and writing workshops across Victoria. Her high energy workshops cover a wide range of writing styles/genres and a flexible approach, means it’s possible to tailor the experience to match the needs of your students and your school. Interested in booking a workshop for your class? Check out the range of storytelling and writing workshops today! Workshops for secondary classes and Professional Development programs are also popular.