We put brown paper out over all the tables and the kids loved this. Some drew mountains and trees and bush, etc to fit the story. Others drew whatever they felt like. It mostly fit with the stories. The kids and parents seemed to really enjoy the freedom. Lots of the parents drew beautiful things.
The kids got really into the story writing and reading on the stage. At first, we read the stories we wrote last week together. Then we started writing a story together. The kids were so eager to write and didn't want to take turns, so they wrote their own chapters and read them out. This was a huge hit! Interestingly the kids mostly wrote quite everyday stories about how big brother would be feeling and acting, and then the consequences. They loved reading them out and all wanted to read each other's too!