Storytelling Games That Will Get Your Kids Thinking Out of the Box

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When I teach kids how to write stories, we generally start out loud. In other words, we think, plan, and share orally before writing silently. Of course, not all kids are oral processers but sharing out loud helps organize our thoughts and gives us feedback from friends if the story is missing anything or on the right track. Here are three delightfully engaging storytelling … [Read more...]

Warning: Harry Potter Fanfiction Gets Kids Writing (A Lot)

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It's time to introduce your kids who are fans of Harry Potter to writing fanfiction. Why? Because it gets them writing and stretching their imaginations. Both very good things. Oh, and did I mention it's tons of fun? Especially if you write with your friends. What is fanfiction, or fanfic? Fanfiction is fiction written by fans of the original works that takes … [Read more...]

Simple Handmade Summer Journals

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I decided not to buy my kids actual notebooks or journals this summer - I think they're too big. Big overwhelms. Big is too many pages to fill. (Clearly my children haven't inherited my journal hoarding / journal filling addiction!) So, I made simple, small, handmade books for my kids to use for summer writing. And, if they fill up one journal, I can always make … [Read more...]

3 Fun Summer Writing Activities with Bubbles

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Want to sneak in writing this summer? I've got it 3 ideas that are going to be fun for you and your kids! You'll need: a bottle of bubbles, ingredients to make your own bubbles, paper and markers. 1. Use Your Five Senses Now you want to get the bubbles blowing and the writing bubbling . . . As your kids blow bubbles, start the writing process of brainstorming. … [Read more...]

Wordless Picture Books Make for an Amazing Writing Prompt

Use Wordless Picture Books to Write Poetry

by Terri Thompson of Creative Family Fun Have you ever read a wordless picture book? They are so wonderful for many reasons: 1) Pre-readers can read a wordless picture book independently and 2) both readers and pre-readers can practice their storytelling skills. And, as we found out, they provide a great springboard for writing poetry. My 1st-grader and I grabbed a … [Read more...]

Hidden Message Poetry

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Poetry is amazing, isn't it? There are so many forms and it's so accessible to all age groups. Kids love it because it's so familiar. They've been hearing it all their lives. Remember all those nursery rhymes? To encourage my reluctant writer, we turned our poetry into artwork. We made it even more special by hiding our poetry inside the picture using a fun technique, … [Read more...]