Exploring Creative Writing with Your Child

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Creative writing is an important skill and can benefit your child academically, personally and professionally.  Writing stories can also be a really fun activity to do with your child at home.

Parents can help to develop their child’s imagination and writing skills, using some really simple and fun techniques. Here are a few creative writing exercises from Bassett House School for you to try with your family…

Explore different genres

Ask your child to choose a few different books from your local library. Read these books together with your child and explore the various genres and writing styles. Which ones did your child enjoy the most and why?

Create a new ending

Ask your child to create a new ending to their favourite story. This is a great creative writing exercise. Together you can explore how simple changes to events in the story could cause a completely different ending!

Choose a favourite topic

When your child is ready to write their own story, it is important that they choose a topic that really interests them. This will help your child to enjoy this creative writing task and keep them motivated to complete their story. 

Make a mind map

Ask your child to ‘mind map’ words relating to their chosen topic. A good way to do this is by asking your child to think about how the topic might affect their senses. For example, if they are writing a story about space, they might see lots of stars, feel weightless and sound very quiet. Creating a mind map can also help your child to imagine new characters for their story.

Solve a problem

Another tip for helping your child to structure their story is to think of a problem for the characters to solve. This will help them to create a successful storyline with an effective ending.

Start your story

Finally, one of the hardest things about starting a new story is writing the first line. Help your child to get started by coming up with an interesting opening sentence. If you need some help, take a look at the first line inside some of your child’s favourite books.

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