Are your kids reluctant to write? Or are they just waiting for some inspiration? Whatever the reason, there are many simple and enjoyable ways to get your kids writing. Engaging writing activities foster not just writing skills but also helps them learn the rules of spelling, develop attention, logic, memory, and logical thinking. And the best way to present these writing activities would be through games!
These writing games can help children discover the world around and not only ensure an exciting pastime, but also enhance their writing skills!
Fun Games and Activities to Make Writing Exciting
CREATE AN ACROSTIC WITH YOUR NAME
Write the first letters of your name. Think of a self-descriptive word or phrase for each letter of your name. This is called an Acrostic. Guide children to use positive words. You can also provide them a list of adjectives to choose from. Once this is done, ask children to write a paragraph about themselves using those adjectives.
MAKE SHOPPING LISTS
Make your child responsible to note down all the groceries that need to be bought. If the child cannot write yet, let him draw it! A fun way to get your children to write and learn some life skills too!
Prepare some cards, each with a random set of letters. The kids get to pick a card and must make as many meaningful words from the letters on the card. Customize the cards as per the age of the child. For preschoolers have only 3-4 letters and increase for older kids.
Creating a book is one of the most fun activities for kids. Help children choose a topic and write on it. They can design the cover, the pages and draw the illustrations. SunnyDayFamily has a free printable template!
MAKE A POEM OR LIMERICK
Older kids will enjoy writing poems and limericks. For younger children, you can prepare an outline with simple sentences and let the kids complete them. FamilyFriendlyPoems has plenty of resources to help you.
In Summer, I see ________;
In Summer, I hear _____________;
In Summer, I feel ______________
WRITE A MOVIE SCRIPT
Movie writing is one of the most fun ways to get kids writing. Let them write a script on a theme of their choice, or you can guide them with prompts. Let them make the movie on the phone or using apps once they complete the script. This can be a great group activity. Alternatively, you can also try writing an ad commercial! TeachingIdeas has an easy to use Script Template you can use.
Encourage children to write reviews of movies, books, games, toys, and other experiences. This saves memories for children to enjoy later and helps better their writing skills too. You can even get the kids to make their own blog if they are old enough. You can look up some kid blogging help here.
MAKE THANK NOTES, INVITES AND GREETING CARDS
Encourage children to make greeting cards, invites and thank you notes whenever possible. This can be a great way to make your own stationery and kindles love for personalization.
STORIES FROM PICTURES
Make a few flashcards, each with a picture on it. Include a variety of pictures like animals, furniture, vehicles, people, etc. The children pick the flashcards and make a story using the pictures in the order in which they pick it. Younger children can narrate the story while older kids can write them down. You can also use Story Stones instead of flash cards
Encourage children to participate in making a dish in the kitchen and follow it up with writing the recipe. If you have a specific menu you follow through the week, you can get them to write menu cards as well!
PLAY “GUESS WHAT?”
A great game to play as a family! Each person should secretly focus on one object in the room without letting the other person know what it is. Each player must write as many sentences as possible describing the object in 30 seconds. Players then switch notepads, read each other’s descriptions and try to guess what object is being described.
One person starts writing a story – without revealing to the others what they are writing about. After writing a paragraph, fold the paper down so only the last line of the paragraph is visible. Pass to the next person. The next person reads only the visible line and continues the story. Repeat until everyone has participated. Enjoy the story!
FINISH THE STORY
Give your children some fun writing prompts. Try doing it together! Start the story, but let them finish it! You can discuss the themes or topics together and help them kick off the writing. This helps to get children engaged in writing and also kindles their imagination.
STORY FROM ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE
Talk to the child about perspective or point of view. Then ask to write a story from another’s perspective. For example, Life of a Pencil – What a pencil would say about himself. Or pretend to be an ant in the house and write on his adventures.
Letter Writing, now almost a lost art, is an excellent way to get kids writing. Get children to write a letter and mail it to their friends instead of email or WhatsApp.
CREATE BROCHURES / FLYERS
Collect a few brochures, pamphlets or leaflets. Study each of them with your children. Explain that the point of a brochure is to persuade the reader of the message—either to buy or to do something. Choose a topic and brainstorm at least three persuasive arguments for it. Ensure that each statement is supported with convincing details. Encourage children to gather ideas on layout, design, graphics, words and illustrations. You can try and use one of the many free online tools too, but do so only after the “paperwork” is done! Check out some ideas to create a travel brochure.
ALTERNATE ENDING TO A STORY
Read a book or a story. Have your child compose an alternate ending to a book or story with dialogs that have quotation marks and commas. This also allows children to reflect on their reading. You can make it more challenging by asking them to come up with more than one alternative ending.
CREATE COMIC STRIPS
Support your children to keep a journal. Guide them to write their thoughts and feelings every day. In addition to improving writing skills, journaling can help children think about themselves and communicate their thoughts and feelings. Here are some ideas for a Gratitude Journal.
These games and activities will get kids writing without making it feel like a chore. So what are you waiting for? Jumpstart your kids’ writing skills now!
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