Creative Writing for Kids
(Bonnyville, Ab. Canada)
One thing I like doing to get creative juices flowing and a little creative writing accomplished in the process is cartooning with a twist.
Draw a picture of something (perferably something they are interested in) with a piece missing that they have to use their imagination to complete. For example, an egg that just hatched with nothing inside. The caption on this might read; "What is in the egg?" Or a crater in the ground with a caption "What just fell from the sky?" Or maybe a princess falling from a tower with a caption that reads; "What is the princess about to land on?"
Then have them write a simple story explaining the event.
A varriation of this for more artistic kids is to have them draw a whole comic of the story complete with story borders and quotation bubbles.
What a great idea for a creative writing for kids project. You could draw all types of pictures for this one to keep it fresh and interesting - and really get your children using their imaginations. I think you are right, and starting with something that interests them will catch their attention quickly.
You could use their favorite TV or book character.
I am really terrible at drawing - but you can easily find clipart
pictures on the internet and make pages using that instead. I have made a free homeschool writing worksheet
with 6 pages to get you started with this idea.
I did have a look to see if I could find any other worksheets like this around, but couldn't - if anyone spots any then do let me know.
I like the idea of turning it into a comic too. You could draw up the comic boxes and add the first one - then ask them to finish it.
Thank you for sharing this Sandie. I think it sounds fun.
best wishes, Julie.
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