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StoryBuilders Christmas Mini-Builder (Digital PDF)
StoryBuilders Christmas Mini-Builder (Digital PDF)

 WriteShop StoryBuilders - Winner of three awards from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine's Review Crew!

Christmas Mini-Builder

What’s this? A ragged fir tree helps a stranger on a cold night? A weary homeless man discovers a wallet full of money outside a candy shop? A bad-tempered candy maker finds a magic candy cane and disappears into a snow globe? What kid wouldn’t love to write a holiday story filled with such hope, whimsy, or intrigue?

WriteShop® StoryBuilders card decks help to jumpstart a creative writing project by providing students with the basic elements of a story—character, character trait, setting, and plot—laying a foundation for a joyful writing experience with some clever surprises thrown in along the way.

Break up your routine or add punch and variety to holiday-season writing lessons by occasionally offering Christmas Mini-Builders. Use them in addition to or instead of a daily writing activity.

A note about content: Because we don’t want to encourage children to take liberty with the true Christmas Story, the Christmas Mini-Builder is not spiritual in nature. Instead, kids will enjoy creating other holiday-themed stories featuring 24 characters such as an old woman, snowman, and nutcracker.

StoryBuilders may be used by students of all ages, from kindergarten through high school. Using the printable StoryBuilder cards, they’ll develop their tales by picking one card from each category. Does the hero save the day? Will the notorious bad guy learn a lesson? And what twists and turns appear in the character’s path? A blizzard? An unexpected visitor? A mysterious note? With hundreds of possible story combinations, no two will be alike!

Parent Testimonials

"I was completely blown away by what [my daughter] wrote yesterday... Thanks for helping make writing FUN!!!" --Jolanthe, Homeschool Creations

"Thank you ... My daughter, who is 11, is dyslexic and she tends to write as little as she can get away with... I printed out the story cards today and let her loose and she has written three short stories so far - and it's only 8:20 a.m.!" --Eddie D. 

"This is such a wonderful product! …I highly recommend this for those children struggling with finding something to write or talk about in their schooling." --Lynn P., Homeschool Curriculum Reviews


  • Christmas Mini-Builder is a half-size StoryBuilder
  • 1 mini-deck (96) printable cards, black print (for printing on colored cardstock)
  • 1 mini-deck (96) printable cards, colored print (for printing on white cardstock)
  • Instructions and Ideas
  • 8-1/2” x 11”, 29 pages
  • NO shipping or sales tax on PDFs
  • StoryBuilders are downloadable PDFs that you print yourself. Upon purchase, you will receive an immediate download link to the PDF file. 

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