Writing may not come naturally for many kids, but it is an important life skill that becomes easier with repetition. When a child has opportunities to write for real purposes, he or she gets motivated practice without being conscious of the ‘practicing’. Here are some ideas for sliding some fun yet practical writing opportunities into the summer holidays:
- Make a summer bucket list! Grab a giant piece of paper, some crayons, markers, pens, magazines, advertisements, scissors, glue and the kids, and ask them this, “Think about all of the great stuff we could do this summer. Now, each of you make a list of the things you want to do the most. Make it your own way. You can use words, pictures, words and pictures together – whatever you like. Then we can look at these lists all summer and use them to make our plans.”
- Encourage make believe and role playing: Doctors write prescriptions. Teachers mark papers. The more creative play, the more life skills!
- Get organized! Going away somewhere? What do you need? We all need a personal assistant…to do lists, to pack lists, shopping lists etc. Shopping? Take your assistant with you to check off the items on the list. Loading the car? Same idea (and kids who have ‘important’ jobs are too busy to make a mess or pick a fight…)
- Send the kids on an adventure: Make, or have them make, treasure maps or directions to find a surprise – backyard, beach or in the house, kids can take turns hiding something or writing out clues to a mystery item.
- Write a script, program or menu: Have the kids put on a special event. My sister and I used to put on Donny and Marie shows on the top of our bunk beds. (She was Donny.) One Mother’s Day, my siblings and I set up a mini ‘cafe’ with menu, my brothers as waiters and my sister and I as kitchen staff.
- Advertise: a lemonade stand, a garage sale or party with invitations, posters or emails.
- Communicate: Write an an email or a good old-fashioned letter. Send a message in a bottle. Request a reply.
- Bring out the young authors: Print or pull out old photos and write a story to go with them for a homemade storybook. Let you kids decide if it will be a book of memories or a crazy-hilarious, fictional story that changes the entire meaning of the photos! Children who are too young to write can dictate simple sentences that they can learn to ‘read’ (or memorize, or a bit of both) back with the pictures.
- Kids want something changed in the house? Institute a suggestion box. Tired of complaints? Ask the kids to file them with the complaint department – in writing (pictures accepted).
- Utilize willing Help when you entertain: Have company? Let the kids be the wait-staff taking drink orders on ‘special’ note pads, and praise how much easier it is to throw a party with them keeping things organized! How did you ever do it before?
Want some more ideas? This kid had to straighten out his badly-behaving Grandpa with a driveway message! YIKES!
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