Pictures Tell a Story

Child colouring with markers

Emotional: To foster ways in which your child expresses their emotions through drawing pictures and telling stories.

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This is a fun activity that will encourage your child to talk about the pictures they draws. Your child can imagine they are a storyteller or an author as they share their ideas and describes their drawings!

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Drawing materials (e.g., pencils, crayons, markers, chalk, pastels)


  1. Provide your child with paper and drawing materials and encourage them to create a picture of the family or of a favourite activity. Fold some sheets of paper in half so they look more like a booklet. Your child can pretend to create their own picture book!
  2. Invite your child to tell you a story about their picture and offer to write down their words. Then read the words back to them, tracing your finger under each one as you say it. This will help your child begin to understand the relationship between speech and print.
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  • Write down your child’s words
  • Feel listened to
  • Lets them know you are interested in what they have to say


  • Providing drawing and writing materials
  • Enables your child to express her ideas and creativity through art

Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments

  • Allow your child to express their ideas relating to their pictures and/or drawings.
  • Let your child experience their stories if possible (i.e. going to the park with family)

Recommended Reading

  • Draw Me A Star by Eric Carle. [Imagination, Storytelling, Drawing]