The children in my colleague’s class created a puppet theatre which led Melissa to do some story writing with them. She had them choose two puppets and they wrote a story featuring the two characters. I had some finger puppets I’ve been wanting to use and this was a great way to introduce them. We pulled two of the puppets out of a bag and wrote a story together. I encouraged the children to use the puppets to write their own stories with a beginning, a middle and an end. One of the things I love about this age group is their imagination. Regardless of the puppets they chose, most of these young authors were able to construct a story around them. After the thrill of the surprise of pulling the finger puppets out of the bag, a couple of the children wanted to trade or change their puppets…why not? One conversation I overheard made perfect sense: “I have a shark and a horse, and you have a grandma and a diver. You take the horse and I’ll take the diver.” — Makes perfect sense to me!