(I directed it a bit here.) Maybe theyll take the painting. Why would they want it? They never had anything to sell, so they want to sell the painting. When there were very, very young, guess what they used for money? What. Cookies! They used cookies for coins and graham crackers for dollars!
(I restated where weve come so far.) So theyre going to take the painting and sell it? Yeah. And you know who the troll is? Him! She pointed to the painting on the other page showing a rotund man eating and drinking. I laughed. He did look a little troll-like.
What happened after that? Grace took the story off into somewhat unrelated ideas. Tangents often happens when imagining with kids. Also, young kids have a limited understanding of how to resolve conflicts.
So I shifted into my story-telling mode. Do you want to know what I think happens? Grace nodded. I then wove together an ending involving the two thieves trying to sell the painting in the market, with a surprise ending. (If youre interested, you can read the story.)
To create a story from a painting, start with a painting that holds some interest for your child it helps if it has a person or animal in it. Then ask questions to develop a main character, something the character wants, and finally a problem for her to resolve.
Try it. A picture can birth a thousand words.