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!
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Categories: adventure writing, Animals/ Nature, Early Childhood, Fantasy and Fairy Tales, Holidays, Humor Writing, Poetry, Science Writing, Talking Points, Writing Games
Tags: adventure writing, animal riddles, children's writing, early childhood writing, play to write, playful learning, Playful writing, teaching writing, writing games
Using rhymes in fairy tales gives a story a special rhythm. Create fairy tale characters and make up rhymes your characters might say to make a wish or use to find their way.
Jack and the Beanstalk famous Fe Fi Fo Fum Rhyme
What You Need: drawing paper, pencils, pens, fairly tales
Play! Draw and create your own fairy tale characters. Choose your favorite character. Decide how this character might fit into a fairy tale you already know, or make up your own story.
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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
Writing in Motion
- Collect sticks about a foot long.
- Cut newspaper into half-inch strips.
- Use markers to write on the strips.
- 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.
Saying tongue twisters is sure to make kids laugh. Writing and sharing them with friends is even more fun.
What You Need: drawing paper & pencils
Play to Write!
To get started write a sentence using as many words as possible beginning with the same letter.
Here are some examples.
Arrange the words into a pleasing order. It is fun when the words go together to make a silly situation.
Read your sentences quickly five times in a row. Did any tangle your tongue? If so, you just made a tongue twister!
Illustrate your best tongue twister and staple the pages together into a book to share with friends and family.
Riddles are fun to write and create, especially animal riddles for Valentine’s Day.
What You Need: scrap paper, glue, scissors, thesaurus (print or online- not essential))
A valentine dear to the heart!
Play! 1. Cut out lots of different sizes, shapes, and colors of hearts.
2. Arrange hearts into animal shapes and glue onto a white piece of paper.
3. Next, write your riddle or riddle poem (see Write About It) and place on the paper next to your Valentine animal.
4. You can also make these into clever cards. Put the riddle on the outside and open the card to find the Valentine animal inside.
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Turn favorite or unusual animals into riddles with animal riddle poems. Fun to write and fun to solve!
- Make a list of animals fun to write about.
- Choose one and write a list of their interesting behaviors and features that make them unique.
- Write descriptive lines from the animal’s point of view using first person “I”.
- Arrange the lines into patterns to make a poem. Rhyme is fine! (but optional)
- Print the poems into a riddle book or on cards with answers on the backs
Here are some riddle poems written by fourth grade children: