Picture Book Prompt 30

“I think that children like mishaps, especially when they occur to the grown-ups.”
—Helen Oxenbury


What kind of mishap might a child find amusing or validating or simply interesting.

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Picture Book Prompt 29

“Some days, doing ‘the best we can’ may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect—on any front—and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.”—Fred Rogers


Whew! What a wonderful reminder. For us as well as the children for whom we’re writing!

What might “doing the best we can” and still falling short might look like for a four-year-old? A five-year-old? Another age?

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Picture Book Prompt 28

“This is the way we wash our hands,
Wash our hands, wash our hands,
This is the way we wash our hands
So early in the evening.”
—Children’s song/nursery rhyme


What does “washing hands” make you think about? Write about it—from any point of view or perspective you choose.

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Picture Book Prompt 27

At this age [3–4] children need to begin to experience that they “live in a body.”
Waldorf Games Handbook for the Early Years


What do you think could help children understand the body in which they live? Write about that.

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