DIY Miniature Blank Books for Matchboxes

Mini Blank Books for Kids

Miniature fascinates my children -- I think most children. Which is why we were inspired by the picture book, The Matchbox Diary, to make miniature blank books for writing and drawing. Paul Fleishman's gorgeous new picture book, Matchbox Diary, shares the history of an Italian grandfather who shares his immigration story with a grandchild, all of which was stored in tiny … [Read more...]

Poetry Activities and NEW Books

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Children's poetry is one of my favorite ways to hook writers. After all, there are no sentences in sight. No paragraphs, not even capital letters sometimes. Read poetry for enjoyment and experience with the form. Also, read poetry to learn how to write poetry. BUT, reading poetry can be good and bad for young writers. Bad if it limits children to thinking all poems … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Books for Young Writers

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A few months ago, I got to teach writing workshop in second grade. I taught them how to make an easy handmade book that they could replicate at home. All one needs is paper, a paperclip, and a rubber band. We made word collection books. The kids used them in reading, where they copied down words they LOVED; and in writing, where they incorporated their collection of amazing, … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Storybook with Printable Story Starters

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Today for the 2012 Creative Christmas Countdown, I'll show you how to make your own Christmas storybook, a handmade book covered in wrapping paper, filled with colorful pages ready for you to write imaginative Christmas stories. Use the free printable holiday story starters to inspire ideas. Supplies: paper, scissors, printer, glue, card stock, cereal boxes, … [Read more...]

The Best Writing-Related Gifts for Kids

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I know you're searching for meaningful gifts for your kids - gifts that aren't just plastic and battery operated. I've searched for the best gift ideas to encourage your children to write and invent stories. All of these I highly recommend - and would buy for my own kids. (Or already have.) See if you find anything that your kids will like. Let me know what you think in the … [Read more...]

Free Printable Halloween Treasure Hunt

Free printable Halloween treasure hunt for kids

This weekend, you can sneak in a little reading and rhyming with this free, printable Halloween Treasure Hunt. Help younger kids with the reading and rhyming or modify the clues. Make Your Own Treasure Hunt 1. Write out the answers, in other words, where your kids will find each clue. 2. Go to Rhyme Zone and enter each answer to find rhyming words for it. 3. … [Read more...]

Who Can Resist This Board Book Kit? (Not Me!)

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Have you seen the new Kid Made Modern line at Target? There's a Board Book Kit you might like. Board Book Kit The Board Book Kit is $14.99 and comes with 3 board books and sticker papers. Since I buy anything to do with writing and reading (justification: kids learning and blogging) I immediately bought the kit. We loved it. TA-Da! Here's a page from JJ's board book of … [Read more...]