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Updated on April 7, 2014

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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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This pic is Brianna at 8. She is being goofy and taking pics of herself.
This pic is Brianna at 8. She is being goofy and taking pics of herself. | Source

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Find out what your child is thinking about

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.

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 grammar

Expand imagination

Improve spelling

Improve parental understanding of their child

Increase quality time between parent and child

Improve child's understanding of themselves


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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      @sandrabusby I didn't think of the benefits myself, until we were Doing this. It is really fun to do. Thanks as always for your interest and comments.

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Speaking as a retired English teacher, Kimberly, I certainly wish that more parents would use this activitiy with their children. Writing can be such a healing activity for children. Thanks for SHARING. Sandra Busby

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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      @wheelinallover Thank you for your comment, my daughter loves to correct me on the way to do math, so I understand you in a way. The way she does math is much different than me. I under stand that other languages have different grammar structures. This must be confusing.

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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for your comment, it is an activity that you can do anywhere, and it can take just a few minutes.

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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      Thank you for the comment, I got the idea for this when doing the activity.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      I agree with the above, Kimberly. I started writing activity with my kid with cross word puzzles which eventually led to completing each other's paragraph while writing stories and voila...what a humorous story we would land up with.

      it is a win win situation since, he learns and I get ideas too :)

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Cute idea ~ ability to do this while waiting around for other siblings at after school activities is a bonus!

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      Dennis Thorgesen 5 years ago from Central United States

      The nine year old here does something similar. She wants to be a part of the articles we write almost daily. My background has me putting sentences together differently than most. My mind for the most part "thinks" in languages other than English and the sentence structure is different than for English in both.

      She is often standing behind me saying "that is not right." The question to her is then "what is the right way?" If I believe she is right I use her way, if not sure, I ask one of the other adults.

      Voted up, interesting and SHARING in hub pages.

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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      @wayseeker I love this activity. It does build a relationship. I didn't realize this until we were doing it. Thank you for the bookmark, the vote up and the possible link to one of your hubs that is so cool!

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      I like this idea. I will be sure to give it a try, as I love writing myself and my daughter is now a big fan as well. I also love the way this builds relationship. I've got it voted up and bookmarked as a possible link for a hub on building relationship I have planned.

      Happy hubbing!


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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      @kayha yes it is lots of fun. Thanks for the comment.

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      kayha 5 years ago

      Great hub! This is indeed a nice activity to do.