Mystery Box Magic – Take 2

Due to popular demand, the kids at the Monash Young Writer’s Group wanted a re-run of Mystery Box Magic as their school holiday workshop on 18 April. My kids had fun going around the house compiling the items to fill five mystery boxes.

The boxes had a mixture of things from around home, including soft toys, trains, and cards from an old Guess Who game. I also included some plastic Easter Eggs as it was the last workshop before Easter.

There were 20 kids booked in as well as regulars to the writers group expected, so I made sure there were plenty of story prompts to go around. In the end, there were 15 kids who rocked up, many who hadn’t been to one of these workshops before.

The session started with jokes about the power going off! Thankfully, we had no such issues this time around.

The kids created some fun stories, although most were reluctant to share their stories, they did share how they had used the prompts. These included using the Guess Who? cards as the characters to rabbits with super powers, and animals riding trains.

There was time for questions, and the kids came up with some fantastic ones. Thankfully, I was able to answer them all, though I admit to getting worried!

One of the parents asked if I was a teacher as she had enjoyed the session as much as her kids did. It was lovely to hear her saying that.

This workshop was a lot of fun, and I look forward to doing future Mystery Box Magic sessions in the future. The biggest challenge in finding things to include in the box that is likely to stump a group of teenagers… it hasn’t happened yet, but there’s still time.


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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover
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