We followed our toy car direction investigation with a simple story telling activity. Each child got a piece of poster paper and access to markers. They were instructed to draw a scene that they could use to tell a story with a car. After the restrictions of the previous activity, they welcomed the creative freedom. Since neither of my children is writing independently yet, they narrated the story while driving the car around their scene, and I wrote it down.
The process of them telling, me repeating back, and them telling some more, will hopefully turn into creative writing one of these days. In the mean time we got some fine motor practice and some speech practice.
My idea was that older students could write down their own stories. Perhaps small groups could perform their stories in the form of skits.
Two activities were enough for us to call it a day, but we did pick up with measuring a few days later, and finish with one more major investigation.