Free Printable Story Cards That Help With Oral Storytelling And Writing A Narrative
Today, I’m sharing these free printable story cards. There are four types of cards in the set: Who? What? Where? When? You can also buy the complete, 80 flashcard activity here.
As the big kids enter first grade and preK, we are working on improving communication skills and our storytelling.
With my 6 year old, we use these story cards as a bouncing board to practice writing a narrative in three to four sentences. We practice sounding out the words instead of just focusing on the pictures, and we count the syllables! We are practicing the four parts of a sentence (capital letter, punctuation, two-finger space, and a complete idea) and combining several sentences to write a story.
With one of my 3 year olds, we use these story cards to practice using our imagination. We still start each story with “Once upon a time,” but we’re getting into more descriptive details! With our other 3 year old who has a slight delay, we are working on speech, communication, and vocabulary. We use these cards to foster creativity and encourage vivid imaginations!
I simply put each category of card into a plastic bin that I got from the Dollar Tree. Each bin is labeled on the bottom with the type of card so clean up easy.
Instead of turning on the TV, I do this activity when we’re all sitting at the table. I spend a few minutes during meal time (usually breakfast) and give each one a turn. I usually start with myself so it sets the example and removes any hesitation the kids might have.
I have seen so much improvement with how they are all able to not just communicate, but with other things like identify a problem, recall their day, use vocabulary. As you practice more and keep playing, you see their imagination grow!
Remember, you can also print out two sets of these flashcards and use them as a memory game! And make sure to check out our Instagram Stories to see how we use the story cards in the mornings!