Friday Freebie: Get Inspired to Write with 5 Card Flickr!

First and foremost, kudos to fellow TCEA Board Member Christy Cate for telling me about this fun site. Thanks, Christy!

Today's site is a ton of fun and will help you or your students strengthen your creative writing while "fostering visual thinking." (1) The site is 5 Card Flickr and the premise is simple. You choose 5 random images from Flickr and create a story based on those images.

When the you click the "Play a Round" button, 5 Card Flickr presents you with 5 randomly chosen pictures from Flickr. These are the five pics you can choose from for the first photo in your story. Once you pic a photo, you get a new set of 5 randomly chosen pics to choose from for your second photo. The process is repeated a total of five times.

Once you have your five chosen pictures, you give your story a title, add your name, then write your story. You can write as little or as much as you want. Once you submit your story, it will get added to the list of stories (under the "Show Stories" tab). Click there and you can copy the URL to your story or grab the embed code and paste into a website (as shown below).

It's a ton of fun and gets your creative juices flowing!

Note: It appears to me that the only pictures 5 Card FLickr uses are those that the publishers have tagged with the hashtag #5cardflickr so the photographers are okay with you using them for this activity. However, I clicked through on the pictures and they are not all shared under the Creative Commons license. So, if you post your stories online, be sure to use the embed as I did below so the pictures are linked back to their original creator. Also, when you get "Play a Round" you can choose from "5 Card Flickr" or 5 other choices. I think the other choices narrow the search based on additional hashtags. Still fun!

Five Card Story: Surprise! She got flowers!

a Five Card Flickr story created by Dr. Rios

flickr photo by hummingcrow

flickr photo by Serenae

flickr photo by Serenae

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by Serenae
She came to the house.
Knocked on the door.
Wandered down the long hallway.
She got flowers!

(1) From http://


Irma said…
This is gorgeous!
Randall Anderson said…
Thanks for sharing this idea!
Every night before bed, my 8-year old son and I play a verbal version of this game, except with three random nouns provided by the other person. The stories we come up with tell alot about our individual creative minds. Since we started playing this game when he was 3-years old, I have also been able to "see" his development in this area across time.

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