After reading The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater I put a blob of orange on a piece of paper and asked each student to turn it into something and write about it. This was my favorite story by my wonderful student Matt:
Once there was an artist dragon. He always had a cigar in his mouth. One day he didn't know what to paint, so, he just splattered orange on paper! It inspired him to paint a chunk of meat! Fin!
One of our read alouds this year ended in Fin instead of the end and he always writes that now with a flourish across the bottom of his stories. I love it!