How to strengthen your child’s creative writing

I don’t know about you, but I’ve learned a lot about my kids over the past year. In fact, I’ve found that my oldest daughter is really good at creating stories in her head… but she’s not so happy doing all that writing homework her teacher sends home. Instead of forcing her to write, I decided to take a different approach: I simply found ways to incorporate writing into the activities she enjoys.

If your child is a reluctant writer or just seems to lack the creative spark, don’t worry; you can easily boost his creative writing skills with one or more of these fun ideas:

8 Expose your child to a wide variety of books

Children often gather ideas from the media they consume, and that includes the books you read to them. If you don’t already read to your child every night, you should add daily reading to your evening or bedtime routine. If you already read to your child every day, be sure to read a wide variety of books. This will not only give them more inspiration for their ideas, but also expose them to different writing styles and a wider vocabulary.

7 Adding writing to imaginary play

Your child is already using his imagination every time he plays. If you’re looking for ways to boost your child’s creative writing, GreatSchools.org staff say you can simply expand on that by adding a writing element to their playtime.

For example, if your children are playing “cops and robbers,” ask them to leave notes or write “eyewitness statements” that can be used as evidence during playtime. Whatever you do, just make sure it’s part of the fun and don’t stress too much about the specifics of their writing quality.

6 Play word games

Believe it or not, word games like Scrabble or Mad Libs can also help improve your child’s handwriting skills. These games help your child think of words in different ways while expanding their vocabulary. And, of course, the best part is that they’re all so much fun!

5 Get off the beaten track

Most children appreciate that you mix things up, and this is especially true with writing. This is why most teachers recommend ready-to-use writing activities to add novelty to your child’s writing. Instead of asking your child to write a typical story, you can ask him to write a comic strip or take a series of photos with captions at the bottom. Or, you can do something completely out of the ordinary and create brochures, posters, or even TV commercials as a form of creative writing. After all, creative writing is not about a specific type of activity, but rather the thought process and creativity involved.

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4 Turn writing into play

While word games can obviously improve your child’s vocabulary, you can just as easily turn any writing activity into a game to make it more engaging. In fact, it can be a great way to entice a reluctant writer to finally put something on their paper.

For example, you can use a simple six-sided die to roll an entire story – just create a list of items that each roll will determine. Or, you and your child can take turns writing sentences in the story so that it’s a mix of your two ideas. Anything that makes it feel more like a game and less like a job will help your child keep writing.

3 Use prompts or images

Sometimes the problem isn’t that your child doesn’t have the ability to write creatively, but rather that they just need a little nudge to get started. In these cases, prompts or even visuals can help your child write something. You can provide photos and illustrations or simply use a program like Scholastic’s Story Starter Activity to help your child get started.

2 Rewrite the ending of their favorite movies

Kids love movies and TV shows, so why not take advantage of them? Once your child has watched something, sit down with them and write different versions of the ending. It’s a great way for your child to use their imagination with something they already love, and if you have multiple kids, you can all vote for your favorite new ending after everyone has shared their version. .

1 Encourage letter writing

Although many people associate creative writing with fiction, it doesn’t always have to be that way. In fact, your child can build their creative writing skills just as much by writing about their day in a fresh and different way, just as they would by writing a letter to a friend from a family member.

Writing letters also allows your child to stay in touch with people who live far away or with friends during school holidays.

There’s no limit to your child’s imagination, so help them explore it to the fullest with these fun activities. You’ll see your child’s writing skills blossom, and you can have fun too!

Sources: GreatSchools.org, Learn to Pond Elementary, Scholastic

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