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 Handmade 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...]

Christmas Story Starters

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Today for the 2012 Creative Christmas Countdown, I'll give you printable Christmas story starters and 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. Christmas Story … [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...]

Storytelling with Kids

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by children’s author Tina McFadden. According to my mother, as a toddler, I would sit down, open up a book and start babbling to myself. When I had finished “reading” a page, I would flip the page and continue. It didn’t matter if the book was turned upside down – I was making up the whole thing! My mother never stopped me or tried to correct me, and I’m glad she didn’t. … [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...]

4 Art Journal Prompts for Kids

Who Am I? art journal activities for kids and adults

We often ask kids what they're good at, what they like, or who they are. Help kids figure this out with art journal prompts. Here are four ideas for kids to express who they are through writing and art --art journals. Art Journal Prompts for Kids 1. Collage "I Am" 2. Collage - Favorite Things 3. "I Believe" Sun 3. List - Favorite Things 4. Portraits - with or … [Read more...]