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  DESCRIPTION     Start a story, and each person in turn continues the story.  
  SAMPLES     Here are some sample Story Starters:
* She was riding down the Pecos Trail on her favorite horse, Charley, when someone behind her suddenly called out, "Mustang Sally, where you off to"?
* A giant rabbit with a bandana and a sombrero was about to enter the local bank. A bystander yelled at the rabbit...
* A little girl dressed in red was taking a loaf of bread to her grandmother. On the way...
* A young boy named David, wandered down town and came upon a man on stilts who was wearing a funny hat. The man pointed at David and said...
* A brother and sister were walking in the woods and got lost. The sister said:
* Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a little bird who had one very important skill...
* There was once a man who decided to travel the world to seek his fortune. He set off and after many days came to a beautiful palace, on the shores of a wide lake. There were many swans swimming in the water and resting on a small island in the middle of the lake. Lots of colored flags flew from the roof of the palace, as if some special event was being celebrated. The man decided to go to the palace to find out what was happening... (Courtesy of
The floor of the haunted house creaked under my steps... (Courtesy of
There once was a witch called Wanda. Wanda had long green hair, purple eyes and a large wart on the top of her nose. She had made a potion which would make the handsome prince fall in love with her, and she was taking it to him to make him drink it. However, on her way, she tripped over on a stone, and the potion flew out of her hand and it landed in the mouth of... (Courtesy of Teaching Ideas)

Click for San Jose Mercury "Happy Holiday" 2005 story starter contest.

Click for "What if..." phrases that can be used as story starting points.
Examples - What if there were no colors except white?
                  What if we had three arms?
                   What if children were the parents?

  AGE RANGE     Pre-school to 15 and up.  
  GENDER     All  
  SKILLS NEEDED     Imagination  
  TIME TO PLAY (minutes)     15-30  
  LINKS     Telling Tales, Berkeley Prep,The Story Starter, Teaching Ideas,  
  MY RATING (1-10)     8                                                                                        Rating Formula   
  ALL RATINGS (1-10)        
  NAME     Ry Smith  
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