A Short Story for Children: Lucy and Licorice Go to Grandmother's House
Once upon a time there was a little girl named Lucy, who loved to visit her grandmother who lived in a little house by a small stream.
Lucy loved the little stream because she could take her shoes off and wade in the water, and try to catch the tiny minnows that swam so fast through the water.
But Lucy had to walk through a big forest to get to her grandmother’s house, so she put on her skechers and put a big red apple in a sack for a little treat.
Then she remembered that she would pass by the crows that sat in the trees, so she decided to take some bread crumbs to sprinkle on the ground.
She also remembered that she had to walk UP a big hill with lots of smooth, round rocks, so she put her backpack on so she could bring some of the beautiful rocks to her grandmother.
Finally she was ready to go.
She called her dog, Licorice, to walk with her and they started walking through the forest.
Lucy loved the smell of the forest, and all of the beautiful trees which seemed to reach all the way up to the sky.
They walked UP and down, UP and down, over the hilly path until she stopped and listened.
Licorice started sniffing the ground and the air, running around in circles, and then they both looked up in the trees.
"CAW, CAW.” Lucy smiled and said, “HELLO crows! We are so happy to see you today.
We are walking to Grandmother’s house, and I remembered we would see you, so I brought you some bread crumbs.”
Lucy held out her hand and started sprinkling the crumbs on the ground, and the seven crows flew straight down to the ground.
“Oh, you’re welcome, crows. Bye, we love you!”
Lucy and Licorice continued walking along the path, and bent down to smell the beautiful yellow flowers growing along the path.
“Aren’t they lovely? Look, they’re round with a tiny black spot in the middle. I think I will pick some for Grandma.”
Licorice barked excitedly and then started running ahead of Lucy.
“Licorice, stop, wait for me!”
“Bark, bark, bark!” Lucy stopped suddenly as she looked to see why Licorice was barking.
“OH, my! Who are you?”
Lucy could not believe her eyes. Before her stood a big, black, furry bear holding a golden pot of honey to his mouth.
The bear did not seem to hear them, or even see them.
His big head was tilted UP to the sky as he was trying to lick all of the honey out of the golden pot.
Lucy and Licorice walked very quietly around the bear, and started running as fast as they could go until they reached the very big hill with all of the smooth, round rocks.
Lucy was tired from running and decided to eat her red apple first, then they started walking UP the hill.
She bent down to pick up a rock, and then another one, and another one, and another one.
Now she had four beautiful rocks for her grandmother, and she placed them gently in her backpack.
Finally, they were at the top of the hill, and there was the little house next to the small stream, and Lucy and Licorice ran to meet Grandmother, who had just walked out the front door.
“Grandma, Grandma, I am so happy to see you!”
Now tell me, what happened next?
Interactive Stories For Pre-school Children
This is a sample of creative writing which can be used in preschool or early childhood classrooms. I wrote this to use as a chalkboard story to illustrate basic concepts of colors, numbers and opposites. It's helpful to use colored chalk and have a few props to show the children while reading. Chalkboard stories engage the children in a fun, interactive way while teaching basic concepts and imagination.
The teacher or storyteller can stop and ask questions during the story. At the end of the story, the children have a chance to create their own ending. Depending on the ages, children could also be asked to draw what happens next.
Imagination sparks the creative senses which people of all ages can enjoy.