I made these to help children write Fairy Tales. Print and laminate and put in 3 different bags. Children to choose a character or characters, a setting and a prop. Can they make up a story? Children could work in pairs or in small groups to retell their story verbally. Can they describe their character? A good character or an evil character? Can they describe the setting? Is it day or night? What does the prop do? Is it magical? How would their story begin? What would the problem be in the story? How would it all end? Encourage fairy tale language etc. Once upon a time, Once there lived, Long long ago, they lived happily ever after. Also make sure children have a definiate beginning, middle and ending to their story.
There are a lot themes you could give to help and give them a basis for their story.
An old woman who is jealous of a beautiful young girl
Something is poisonous
Rich and poor
A heroic act for which there is a reward
Something is planted
A frog that turns into something
A talking animal
A person turning into an animal
A dream that comes true
A magic spell
A magic lamp, sword, hat, chair?
Someone getting lost in the woods
An enchanted wood
Set phrases eg. Run run as fast as you can you can't catch me I'm the gingerbreadman, I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down.
See here for more characters