Exploring Creative Writing with your Kids
Creative writing is not only an extremely fun activity to do with your kids, but it can also benefit them academically, professionally and personally.
Children have magnificent imaginations, which parents can help to develop using many simple, but fun activities. Here are a few ideas from Bassett House School to help expand your child’s creative writing skills and boost their imagination:
- Read with your child as often as possible. Regular reading will improve your child’s vocabulary and grammar skills, as well as introduce them to a variety of writing styles and genres.
- If your child has a favourite book or author, this can help them to develop their own style of writing. Your first creative writing activity could be creating a new ending to their favourite story. Together you can explore how simple changes to events in the story, can lead to a completely different ending.
- When practicing creative writing, it is important for kids to choose a topic that really interests them. This will help them to enjoy the task and keep them motivated to complete their story.
- Once your child has chosen a topic, ask them to ‘mind map’ words relating to this theme. A good way to do this is by asking your child to think about how their topic could affect their senses. For example, a space story might include seeing stars, feeling weightless and hearing alien noises! Creating a mind map can also help your child to establish a story setting and their characters.
- Another tip for helping your child to structure their story is by thinking of a problem for the characters to solve. This will help them to create a storyline with an effective ending.
- Finally, one of the hardest things about writing a story is the first sentence. Help your child to get started by giving them an interesting opening line. To give you some inspiration, take a look at the first line inside some of the books on your child’s bookshelf.