Creative writing is a great skill for children to obtain and carries over into adulthood. Learning how to write creatively is beneficial for kids who have an interest in working in a creative field or for those who simply enjoy expressing their thoughts, feelings, and ideas using writing as their vehicle of choice. In order to get your kids to begin writing creatively, getting creative yourself is essential.
Provide Idea Journals
Give each of your children an idea journal to carry with them when attending school, visiting friends, or taking time away from tech and traditional activities. In order to encourage more involvement with the idea journal you provide, allow your children to decorate, color, and create covers for their journals in a unique and individual way.
Set a time aside each day for your kids to jot down ideas, inspirational thoughts, or doodles that they want to share with the entire family. Openly share and discuss idea journal entries (unless your child prefers to keep them private) to promote conversation and discussion. Offer magazines and print images of relevant items your child wishes to include in their idea journal to create a full and lively book for them to read and reflect on in the future.
Join a Reading Program
Enroll your kids in a summer reading program when they are out of school or in need of additional extracurricular activities. Reading programs provide children with access to thousands of books while also encouraging them to complete the books they have chosen with rewards and incentives. Keep track of the books your children read each week and ask questions about the plot, characters, and story arcs involved. Create a dialogue with your kids surrounding the books they read to get their imagination going while encouraging new creative ideas, thoughts, and opinions. Offer rewards such as prizes or additional in-house incentives to keep your children reading throughout the year.
Watch Inspirational Videos
Watch inspirational videos that pertain to creative writing and storytelling with your children. Discuss the content of the videos you watch together and ask your children their favorite methods of writing and why. Show videos of top authors your kids enjoy reading to spark inspiration and to keep them interested in the world of reading and writing.
Storytelling is one of the best ways to get the creative juices flowing in both children and adults. Learning how to tell stories is essential for children who are interested in writing creatively. Create a time each week to share stories whether they are scary, silly, or dramatic. Ask questions about the characters in the stories your children tell and what lessons there are to learn from each individual story. Offer praise to your child when they complete a story from start to finish and provide encouragement to your child if they are struggling with a plot point. Share different paths and ideas for each story arc or plot point to stir up creativity and ideas in your child’s mind.
Spend time with your children brainstorming ideas, thoughts, and new storylines. Allow each of your children to provide input when telling stories or sharing ideas of your own. Share in the excitement your children have when telling you new ideas or thoughts on projects they plan to write. Create lists of ideas, plots, and characters together with idea journals you have already provided. Bouncing ideas off of one another encourages out of the box thinking and more creativity when writing or developing stories in the mind.
Read Stories Aloud
Reading stories aloud with your children is another way to encourage creative reading and writing simultaneously. Ask your kids to participate in reading their own creative stories to help with improving their abilities to tell stories and share dialogue. Read your children’s favorite books and expand with new authors each week to broaden their horizons when thinking creatively or coming up with exciting, unique, and relevant stories that are interesting to them.
Artistic Hobbies and Activities
Discovering creative ideas is not limited to simply writing or reading. Get creative with your children by painting, working with clay, or indulging in another hobby that requires abstract thinking and the process of discovery. Creative hobbies and activities help to keep the minds of children active while providing them with more opportunities once they begin writing on their own.
With the right creative methods, provide your children with the ability to discover an entirely new world when putting their thoughts on paper.