Like most homeschool moms, I try to have my children write creatively
on a regular basis. Many times the kids will be sitting and sitting
trying to think of something to write about. At times, they have
even come to me asking for an idea of what to write. In some of
these instances, I have been equally challenged to come up with
the beginning to an interesting story line.
Story Starter Twisterz is our new ally when we just
can't get those creative juices flowing. We have used it in a couple
of different ways in our home. For our younger children, we have
sat on the floor and "passed the story." Each individual had the
opportunity to spin the four rings on the Twisterz and
read what came up. No matter what lined up, it always seemed to
make sense. It may have been silly, but it made sense. There was
never an instance where we can up with something that just didn't
work, like "the rock blew its nose." Our children in the upper
elementary grades then took the story we passed around and put
it down on paper. They were encouraged to change it as they saw
fit; it did not have to be word for word. Both our upper elementary
and younger junior high students have used the Twisterz by
selecting one sentence and then challenging themselves to write
a full story with this story opener.
The Story Starter Twisterz is made of durable hard plastic
material. The edges of the four rings on it have scalloped edges
so that they lock into each other to hold the story line in place.
The rings have a colored background with white text on them. This
layout really helps make the words easy to read. As a mom of boys,
I must warn that the Story Starter Twisterz should be
stored in a "school only" space, as every boy's imagination will
easily transform this hard plastic tube into a sword or weapon.
Used in this manner, it could cause more tears than the original
writing assignment would have evoked.
We have enjoyed having this supplemental teaching tool in our
home. Our little inventors have even begun trying to construct
the Story Starter Twisterz 2 out of a paper towel roll,
but they are challenged in coming up with a replacement for the
rings that spin around the original design.