At the beginning of December, I received a voice mail from my niece, Eliana in Wisconsin. She said, “Aunt Riley, I just wanted to tell you that I want to be a Storyologist when I grow up.”
Needless to say, I was thrilled! She then went on to tell me a story with more characters, setting and plot twists than a John Grisham novel.
|Eliana writing and her Storyology Kit|
So for the holidays, Kenny and I gave Eliana the first ever Official Storyologist Kit.We started with an unusual cloth bag and filled it with a small notebook, a funky pencil with a sun on top, a carved wooden box, an unusual magnet and pre-addressed stamped envelopes so she could send us the stories she writes. Then we included this note:
Congratulations! You are now an official Storyologist and the proud owner an official Storyologist Kit. Your kit includes:
- A magical box for collecting legends
- A special notebook for writing amazing stories
- A sun shiny pencil for capturing bright ideas
- A stack of envelopes so you can share your brilliant stories with the world
You can use your new kit when you go on adventures collecting, telling and writing stories. Enjoy! And remember my motto: When You Read (and Write!) Every Day is an Adventure!
Storyologist, Page Turner
I posted this picture on facebook of Eliana writing a story with her gift and received a huge response from people wanting to know where they can purchase their own Storyology kits!! We’ll be creating the official official kits soon. But in the meantime you can make your own.
Keep your eye out for special notebooks, pencils, bags and boxes. You can often find them at the dollar store. Michaels is also a great resource. We created our kit from stuff we found at a store that sells imported items from Bali, so everything had an exotic feel.
If you can’t find a cool box, your kids can make their own. See the directions for the magical story trunk below.
I think one of the secret ingredients is the note from Storyologist, Page Turner. Feel free to copy, paste and print it out to include in your own kit. Printing it on parchment-colored paper is a nice touch. If you don’t have any, try dissolving some instant coffee in water and using it to “paint” the white paper.
Have fun and remember, “When You Read (and Write) Every Day is an Adventure!”
P.S. Make this a Creative Literacy activity. Check out this book about two of Page Turner’s heroes, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt by Pam Munoz Ryan and illustrated by Brian Selznick.