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Creative Writing Fun for Kids

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November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo! Most young children aren’t ready to write a novel by any means, but there are ways to help them get into the creative mindset at an early age. Reading with children helps them develop the early literacy skills that are necessary for learning how to write those novels. Some of these skills include the vocabulary needed to express themselves, concepts like emotions and opposites, and information that helps them build their background knowledge of different things they may encounter around them. Reading together also helps them understand how a story works with a beginning, middle, and end. When reading with children, it’s always important to ask questions to find out if they know what’s happening in the story. After reading, have children retell the story to find out what they remember and if they can tell the events in the order they happened in the book.

Imagination is a powerful tool for children. Encouraging it will support them in their creative process of writing their own stories. There are many ways to help children start to write, but one option is to start with wordless picture books. These are picture books with no words that allow the reader to come up with their own idea of what is taking place. Have your child figure out what is happening in the pictures and create a story. Search for Wordless Picture Books in the library catalog to discover what is available. Some popular titles include A Ball for Daisy by Christopher Raschka, Locomotive by Brian Floca, and Flotsam by David Wiesner.

Another option is to play a who, what, where game. Cards and games with dice are available to purchase from different places, but you can also make your own pretty easily! A template with card examples is available in this post. A few of the cards are pre-made, but have your child decide what to draw and write on the blank cards. Cut the cards out and make a deck for each set of cards. Pull a card from each deck to create the base of a story. An example combination is Who: Scientist, What: Car, Where: Forest. Have your child think of a story that involves all three of these. Is a scientist driving through the forest? What is the scientist trying to find or do? Protect a secret formula? Collect items they need? It can be as simple or complicated as your child’s imagination allows!

These are just a few of many ideas for how to encourage children to get into the writing mindset at an early age, but the main idea is to start with developing the early literacy skills they need to succeed. Happy writing!

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Sam is the Assistant Specialist for Technology Programming. Helping others with technology, Makerspace projects, and finding the resources and information they need are the best parts of her job! She enjoys finding new apps to try, crafts, puzzles, spending time with family, and reading.