Creative writing is a great activity to get your child involved in from a young age. It will test their abilities in knowing how to be inquisitive, how to engage with some of the world’s most popular books, and how to appreciate these stories.
Creative writing also opens your child up to different ways of writing, communicating and expressing themselves. It’s a great tool to have in their toolkit! This school has some key advice you can use below.
Start by asking children to describe themselves
Nothing makes a child feel more engaged when they’re talking about themselves (no, really!). It’s an easy place to start mainly because children know about their facial features, hair colour, size and so on. If they’re familiar with the subject matter it’s easier to get them to write freely about it and lets them work on their writing skills in a way that suits them.
Develop this into thoughts and feelings
Your child is bound to have some hobbies and interests to share. What do they feel when they’re listening to their favourite music? How do they react when they’re playing with dinosaurs or spaceships? While they may seem trivial to write about they do bring a lot of motivation to children being able to pick up that pen and write for themselves. It will be a common thing they’ll be writing about in school as well as at home.
Encourage your child to keep a journal
A journal, or diary, is something personal to your child that they can use to write their own thoughts and feelings privately. It helps your child assess different situations, as well as learn more about their own approach to things in life. Ask your child to keep up to date with a journal and they’ll be writing every day – a great way to get children to write creatively.