Writing gives children an opportunity to share their ideas and express their creativity. But writing is not easy and many new writers struggle when faced with a blank page. Writers, both novice and experienced, need encouragement but they also can benefit from getting some ideas (prompts) to get them started.
Giving your kids a variety of topics to help them extend their vocabulary and language skills. Kids can find their “voice” through writing poems, songs, jokes or stories. But don’t limit their choices to “common” types of writing. Encourage them to see and find “writing” in the world around them. Commercials, plays, TV shows, ads, emails and blogs are all opportunities to share their writing.
- Magical Garden: Gardens grow many foods for us to eat. But what if you had a magical garden? What magical things grow in your garden?
- Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day is this month. Have you given a compliment to anyone to make them feel good? If not, it’s not too late. Write down a compliment for 5 different people that you see often. IF you decide to share it with them you might see some big smiles.
- Soup of the Day: When it’s cold outside, don’t you just love a bowl of soup? How about a soup made with your favorite foods? Write down your recipe with 15 different foods to make your “Soup of the Day”. Do you think it will taste great?
- Fortune Cookie: Fortune Cookies have small pieces of paper included inside with a message. Sometimes it’s a prediction, a lucky number or some advice. Write down 5 messages that you would like to find inside YOUR fortune cookie. Then write down 5 messages that you would like to find inside a family member’s fortune cookie.
- Talk to me: How many times do you find yourself asking (and sometimes answering) your pet questions? Are you hungry, do you want to go out, how’s my boy today? Write down five answers to 5 different questionos you might ask your pet. Perhaps your pet will answer like a comedian or maybe he/she is having a bad day. Be creative!
Check out my monthly post of writing prompt ideas to help inspire our new authors. Let’s make 2020 the Year of the Writer! Enjoy!