I love watching my kids play with characters. They naturally create stories throughout the day. After they are finished playing I always ask them what the story was about. They usually respond, "Mummy, it isn't a story, I was just playing." So, I wanted to find a way for them to write these stories without pulling teeth!
The first thing I did was to take a few pictures of their play as it was happening. You can also have them do this.
When they were done, I printed these pictures and helped them with a story planner. For my SK Merryn, I asked the questions and wrote down what she said. I did have to do some prompting here but it helps them learn the important story elements. Next, for Merryn had her take one of the characters she was playing with the recite the story. After the character said each line I helped Merryn sound out her words or write them on a wipe board to keep the flow moving. Merryn wrote one detail for each of her pictures. She had a blast writing and reading it.
For Nyella who is in grade 3, I only managed to get one picture of her play. She used this in combination with a story map to create her story. She had fun writing on the printed picture to name the characters.
This exercise was the most fun so far. After showing my kids how they are already doing this in their play, I hope they will do this independently after we have done it together a few times.
Following a child's interest is the most engaging way to extend on their learning. Here I have posted some every day activities that can draw from various strands across different age groups. Remember each child has different interests so the key to working with your child is to follow their lead and ask the right questions.