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!