Writing Game – The Rest of the Story

Writing Game

Need an activity to do with a group of kids? Here’s a writing game that will have everyone laughing! It can be played in co-op classes or at home with children of different ages. They just need to be able to read and write.

How to Play

To play, all you’ll need is a piece of paper and a pen or pencil.

Player 1

The first person to play write a sentence to start a story. It might begin “once upon a time,” or “In a land far far away.” Any sentence will do as long as it starts off the story. On the next line down, the first player then writes the beginning of the next sentence. For example,

Line 1: “Once upon a time, there lived a dragon who was scared of baby bunnies.”

Line 2: “The bunnies…”

Player 1 then folds the paper down until it covers the first sentence. He then passes the paper to Player 2.

Player 2

Player 2 reads the beginning of the sentence on line 2. Then she finishes the sentence. She also writes the beginning of a sentence on line 3. Her part might read:

Line 2: “The bunnies ate carrot cake for breakfast every morning.”

Line 3: “They also…

Player 3

Player 2 then folds down the paper over line 2. Player 3 can only see the beginning of Line 3. He continues the story, adding the rest of line 3 and the beginning of line 4. His part might read:

Line 3: “They also worked for the post office delivering the mail.”

Line 4: “Their favorite job …”

To End the Game

Play continues in this way until it’s the last player’s turn. That player will end the story. For example, he might say,

“Their favorite job was helping small children cross the street.”

Now it’s time to read the whole story. Unfold the paper and read the story out loud. The sample story would go like this:

“Once upon a time, there lived a dragon who was scared of baby bunnies. The bunnies ate carrot cake for breakfast every morning. They also worked for the post office delivering the mail. Their favorite job was helping small children cross the street. “

You can play this game with as few as three people. What stories did you come up with?

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