Early Childhood

Playful Writing Book Now Available!

Playful Writing Cover image

Writing for fun and discovery!

Find 150 playful writing explorations for young children. Activities include a creative start and uses writing as a natural extension of self-expression, and playful encounters. Prompts and guiding questions keep children writing for real purposes children care about. Each activity includes Early Writer ideas for those emergent learners, as well as Ready Writer activities for those ready for more advanced and complete writing projects.

The playful writing activities are organized into 15 chapters. That include a combination of informational and fictional writing experiences. Take a look!

Playful Writing Link

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Turkey Talk!

These delightful puppets make great props for lots of turkey writing fun.

What You Need:
small paper lunch bag, scraps of recycled colored paper, scissors, glue

Directions:turkey puppet image

1.Turn paper bag upside down. Insert your hand to see how the flap works as a mount.
2.Cut out shapes from colored paper for eyes, beak, and wattle. Glue to the bag as shown.
3.Cut out wings and glue to each side.
4.Cut out feather shapes and glue to the back of the puppet.
Let’s Write!
Turkey Interviews: Continue reading
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Wordy Wind Wands

Here is a quick and simple writing activity perfect for a windy day. Watching words fly in the wind sure beats the old worksheet, doesn’t it? Even better, this activity uses recycled and found materials.

What You Need: Sticks, newspaper, markers, glue, scissors

Play Time!

photo of wind wand

Writing in Motion

  1. Collect sticks about a foot long.
  2. Cut newspaper into half-inch strips.
  3. Use markers to write on the strips.
  4. Glue strips to the top half of the wand.

Write About It!
The magic involves writing on the strips and watching the words flutter and spin in the wind.
Here are some ideas:

  • Young children use the paper strips to write “w” words and letters.
  • Fill strips with words that describe the wind.
  • Write windy tongue twisters similar to the title of this activity!
  • Write wonder-why questions on the strips. (I wonder why the wind blows? I wonder where the wind goes?)
  • Turn each strip into a line for a poem that can be read anyway the wind flutters.
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Magical Wand Words

Magical wands add sparkle to play and writing.

Image of girl with magic wandPlay!

Make a magic wand for lots of swishing magical pretend. Use a stick with any type of star attached to the end for a traditional fairy tale wand. Don’t forget to glue lots of glitter to make a sparkle.

Now that you have a wand, what kind of magic do you want to make? Play and pretend then write your magic wand stories to share. Continue reading

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Rainbow Writing- Guest Blogger Cristina Luther

Children help make homemade crayons to create colorful rainbow writing.  Submitted by guest blogger and teacher- Cristina Luther

What You Need: old wax crayons, muffin pans

Play Time!

photo of crayons with wrapper removed

Step 1
Remove paper from colors and place in muffin tin cups

For  this  activity,  I  had  four  children,  ages  three  and  under,  from   my  daycare  participate. Each  child  helped  me locate broken  crayons  in  our  drawing  drawer. While preheating  the  oven  to  300  degrees,  I  removed the  paper  from  the  crayon  chunks.

Melted crayons

Step 2
Crayons melted in warm oven

The  chunks were  placed  in  the  cups  of  an  old  muffin  tin.  Each cup  was  filled  about  half  way.  I  had  the   children  arrange  the  chunks  in  any  way  they  wished. Prior  to  placing  the  tin  in  the  oven,  I  turn  the  heat   completely  off.  The  tin  was  put  in  the  oven  and  left  in  until  the  oven  had  almost  completely  cooled. After  letting  the  tin  cool  off  on  the  counter  for  20  minutes,  we moved  the pans  to  the  refrigerator.

photo of cooled crayons

Step 3
Remove cooled crayons

After  another  20  minutes,  the  wax  had  hardened  enough  for  the  crayons  to  be  removed.  Each  child   immediately  took  the  crayons  they  had  created  and  began  doodling  on  their  papers.

children using crayons

Let the rainbow writing begin!

Play to Write! The  children  absolutely  loved  that  they  could  make  their  own crayons.  They  enjoyed  finding  the broken   crayons  in  the  drawer  and  sorting them  while  I  removed  the  papers.  Each  child  chose  which  colors  they   liked most.  Their  favorite  part  of  the  activity  was  getting  to  actually  use  their creation.  They  did  not   quite understand  that  they  would  be  making  something that  they  could  actually  use  until  I  handed  them   their  papers  and asked  them to draw.  Because  of  the  laughs  and  giggles  this  activity  was  responsible  for,  I  plan on  doing  it  again  soon!

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