Building a Story Together... with Empathic Creativity

The Idea

With empathic creativity, you learn to notice when something exciting happens and help each other in turning that into a story.


You will need:

  • A non-see-through bag
  • Ten items from your house that fit in the bag. The person who chooses the items and fills the bag doesn’t play and everyone who plays is not allowed to see what is in the bag!

Let’s play!

You can play this game with a minimum of two people, but more people is more fun!

  1. Put all the mystery items in the bag, making sure the players don’t see what they are.
  2. Take turns feeling an item in the bag and describe what you feel until you can guess what it is.
  3. When you know what it is, you can take it out of the bag and give it to the person to your right.
  4. This person starts a story: “Once upon a time, there was a …. “. You can tell anything you like, but you must make sure that the item you just got is part of the story. Don’t finish the story, this is just the beginning!
  5. Now it’s your turn to feel in the bag, describe what you feel while guessing the item and once you know what it is, pass it to the person to your right side.
  6. This person continues the story, making sure to incorporate the new item in the storyline.
  7. Continue this way until all items have been guessed and used. The last person can finish the story with the last item out of the bag.


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