Play With Your Words Prompt #35: Family Memories/Narrative Writing & Point of View

  • Sit down with your family or a group of good friends. Provide pens, pencils and paper. Together, brainstorm a list of memorable times you have shared.
  • When done, cut up the list so each memory is on its own slip of paper. Fold or roll the pieces up and put them in a bowl.
  • Draw one memory from the bowl.
  • Set a timer for 5-10 minutes. During this time, each member of the group must write about what they remember from their experience of the prompt selected. There should be no talking about the event until sharing time (with the exception of pre-writers, who will need to dictate their memory to the first person who finishes writing theirs).
  • When everyone is done, share your recorded memories. Savor the unique details each member contributes to your group’s collective memory.
  • When done, pick another slip and start again. Repeat as many times as you wish.

Save your written memories and collect them in a binder. If you did this activity with your family, allow your kids to draw pictures, put on stickers, or otherwise decorate the borders of the pages. Title the binder, “Our Family Memories,” and stock it with lots of blank paper. Put in the writings that resulted from this activity as your first entries and encourage your children to write in the memory book as special events occur.

P.S. If you are on vacation, this would be a great activity for preserving this special time. Each evening, sit down and everyone write about the day that has just passed. (This would be a great way to kill time while waiting for dinner in a restaurant.) Read what you’ve written to each other, and preserve everyone’s writing in a scrapbook/binder to which you can add photos, attraction brochures, ticket stubs, maps, and drawings. Have fun and keep this as an ultimate souvenir of your time together.