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There are many simple and effective ways to help your child become a more creative writer. Here are three easy activities to promote creative writing with your young child. Each activity should take about fifteen to thirty minutes to complete. Most writing experts agree that pictures are a ch...

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Help Your Child Become a Creative Writer

Posted by: Connie McCarthy on Mar 26, 2010 in Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Connie McCarthy


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There are many simple and effective ways to help your child become a more creative writer. Here are three easy activities to promote creative writing with your young child. Each activity should take about fifteen to thirty minutes to complete.

  • Most writing experts agree that pictures are a child’s first attempt at “writing.” Ask your child to draw a simple pencil sketch, such as a house or a cat. Then ask her questions about her picture that will encourage attention to detail, such as: “What color is your house?” “Does it have a garden?” Then give her crayons or markers to color the sketch. When she’s done ask her to tell you a describing sentence about her picture and print her words underneath. For example, “My big, blue house has a colorful garden.”
  • Take a few photos of a family occasion or event. Help your child put the photos in order. Then paste each one separately on the top of some lined paper. Help him write a sentence or two about each photo. Put the sheets with the photos and sentences into a photo album, to create his own “picture book.”
  • Give your child a small notebook to start their own writing journal. Give her a “story starter” such as, “When I got up this morning, I saw…” “If I could fly I’d…” “I dreamt I was a…” If writing a sentence is too difficult, let her make a picture. You can add the words for her until she can do it herself.

When you build writing time into your child’s everyday life, their ability to create a story will soar!

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  1. Posted by - Chanell Gautreaux on Dec. 01, 2010

    Pictures are a great way to spark writing in both kids and adults! Exercises that help kids understand descriptive words and their use are helpful also.
  2. Posted by - Robin on Mar. 28, 2010

    I really enjoyed your tips. As a kindergarten teacher, this is exactly what I tell parents to do as well. The best stories from a young child comes from prior knowledge of their own life and experiences.
  3. Posted by - Sheila on Mar. 27, 2010

    I especially love the third idea of giving your child a notebook and a 'story starter' sentence. I am going to cut a bunch of paper strips with 'story starters' on them and put them in a jar and every day have my child pick one and write a bit in her Creative Writing journal! Thanks for the ideas/tips!

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