Creative writing is not only a fun activity to do with your children, but it can also benefit them academically, professionally and personally.
Children have such fantastic imaginations and parents can help to develop these further using many simple, but fun activities. Here are a few ideas from a private school in Hadley Wood, to help expand your child’s creative writing skills and boost their imagination:
♥ It is important to 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.
♥ Does your child have a favourite book or author? This can help them to develop their own style of writing – Your first creative writing activity could be making imagining 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, ask your child to focus on a topic that really interests them. This will help to make this learning exercise more enjoyable and keep them motivated to complete their story.
♥ Once you have chosen a topic, build a ‘mind map’ of 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 jungle story might include seeing trees, feeling hot and hearing animal noises! Creating a mind map can also help your child to establish a story setting, as well as new characters.
♥ Another tip for helping your child to build a story is creating 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 your child’s favourite books.