Writing Activity For Kids
Writing with children
If you want to encourage your children to write there is a fun game you can play with them. My 9 year old daughter, Brianna, is a budding little writer. She has been writing short stories recently and I wanted to encourage her to write more and teach her to put more detail into stories. I didn’t want to guide or interfere with her imagination so I had her write a few sentence and then I would write a few sentences that continued her story. This is a fun activity to do with children. It encourages and stretches their imaginations, helps them with their grammar, and helps them practice their writing.
My favorite part about the activity is that I am spending quality one on one time with my daughter and getting to know what she is thinking and feeling too. For instance, she has been asking me for a baby sister. Maybe asking isn’t a fair description; it’s more like bugging me for a baby sister. I keep telling her that we have to 'borrow' babies now that Mommy and Daddy have shut down the baby factory. I do have twin Grand-baby boys that are three, but she won’t have it, they just aren't girls.
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Back to my point, we were doing our writing game and she started her story off with
Brianna wrote “One time a girl had a baby and she didn’t have enough money to take care of it so she put it in a foster home and she finally gets some money and gets it back”.
Well, that told me right there that she wants a baby but knows she can’t afford it now but she will in the future (this is my interpretation, it may not be yours). So then it was my turn,
I wrote “When she got the baby and took it home she loved it and played with it all night. The next day she
Brianna wrote “”played with it more and finally her and the baby fell asleep and she finally named the baby Sara”
When I look at the story what I see is, Brianna had an issue to resolve-she wants a baby sister, but by the end of the story the girl had the baby, and named it (ownership). It was funny to me because Brianna wanted her last sentence to complete the story. That was it, she didn't want to add anything else.
When I write I am often problem solving, that work doesn't usually get published, but it helps me to work out maybe another article I am working on or something that is bothering me. I think that is what my daughter has been doing. She is 9 years old and is doing a lot of changing and growing, I think at least on a subconscious level she is working things out in her head.
This activity can be done with a child at any writing skill level. It can also be done with a child has not learned to read or write. A child that has not mastered their letters yet can do this orally with you. You can begin the story yourself and let the child add to it or complete your statement. Do this a few times and then see what the child can come up with on their own. This activity will still be beneficial to the child, and help them improve their communication and language skills.
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- Creative writing activities for kids, teachers and parents by Bruce Van Patter
Benefits of writing with children
So in conclusion, this exercise can be helpful to children and parents in many ways. It may help;
Improve communication skills
Improve language skills
Practice problem solving
Improve parental understanding of their child
Increase quality time between parent and child
Improve child's understanding of themselves
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