23/02/2010 15:37 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

World Book Day Activities: Story Starters

With World Book Day almost here, I've been on the hunt for fun activities to get kids excited about getting their nose into a novel. However, I went off on something of a tangent when I spotted this idea for Story Starters on OhDeeDoh.

The idea is that you write down a bunch of "story starters", fold them up and pop them in a mini envelope. Your kids can then pick out an envelope, and work on writing their very own story using these ideas.

You could even take it a step further by including a selection of envelopes containing the name of something to be included in the story (perhaps a prince, a pair of flying trainers or a magical pet).This activity is a great way of helping your kids to understand the basics of story writing and the structure of a plot. You can also adapt the concept by allowing your kids to swap stories half way through, to finish off the other's story, which will improve their reading and understanding skills.

If the kids prefer theatrics over putting pen to paper, you could get them to act out the story rather than writing it. With the current appalling weather conditions, this could be a great way of keeping the kids amused without the use of the TV.

What do you think of this activity? Have you got any great story starters to suggest?