MFA Kids | Learn About Communications

What is Communications?

Communications is the process of sending and receiving messages. We connect with each other daily through several different forms of communication. We use both verbal and nonverbal cues to send messages to each other. Speaking and writing are forms of verbal communication, whereas nonverbal communications are ways we communicate without the use of words, such as body language, eye contact, and touch.

Think about how you have a conversation with a friend. If you are telling a story about how you saw a bear on a camping trip, you can use several forms of communication to share your experience. The obvious way to tell a story is to use your words. For instance, you can tell your friend that the bear was taller than your tent, but you can also use your hands to emphasize how big the bear was by widening your arms and imitating the bear’s movements in nonverbal ways. To be an effective communicator is to use these forms of communication in the right way, and to make sure the person who is listening or watching understands you as you want them to.


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1. Watch the Video

Watch the video below about storytelling produced by Pixar, the filmmakers that brought you Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story.

2. Complete the Ad Lib

Try our Ad Lib activity by writing above the parentheses to make the story come to life. We gave you hints of the type of words that will help the story make sense. The most important thing is to be creative and have fun! If you want to write your own story, go ahead! Click here to download the Communications Ad Lib.

3. Complete the Coloring Page

Color! Another way to communicate is to tell a story through images. Fill out the coloring page and think about what is going on in the drawing. What’s in the picture? Who is in the picture? What are their names? What are they doing and why? Click here to download the coloring page.

4. Show Us Your Stuff

Take a picture of yourself watching the video, doing the ad lib, or coloring, and share it with us by using the form below! You just need to complete one of this week’s activities in order to receive your MFA Kids badge.

MFA Kids Activity Completion

Take a picture of your completed activity this week. Have a grown-up help you upload the picture to this website and we will send you your first MFA Kids badge! Great job!
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Abbi Russell

Senior Communications & Outreach Specialist

(360) 433-0223