97 Days on an Ice Floe

97 Days on an Ice Floe.

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I Have a Dream

Martin Luther King Day reminds us all of the power of words spoken with passion and conviction. What does this have to do with playful writing? Children love to act out important roles. Setting up a podium, microphone, and tapping into their own passions encourages children to speak out for what they dream about for a better world.drawing of child giving a speech

What You Need: a podium or make one from a tall box, a real or pretend microphone (a child’s karaoke mic works great allow even the softest voices to speak out), dress-up clothes, and a speech!

Play! Watch and listen to important and passionate speeches. A perfect example is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech available from History. com at the following link: http://www.history.com/videos/martin-luther-king-jr-i-have-a-dream#martin-luther-king-jr-i-have-a-dream

Ask children to describe what makes the speech effective. What speeches are long remembered? What does the speaker say to make people take notice? What body language and voice do speakers use to get points across?

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

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Kids Write! Book

If you like these playful writing activities, checkout….

Kids Write!
Rebecca Olien

Kids Write Cover Want to find more activities using playful learning to encourage young writers?

Take a peek at Kids Write! Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery, Autobiography, Adventure and More!

View table of contents, sample pages and reviews at Amazon: http://amzn.to/A6SVmn

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Join the Writing Adventure


This blog is for those who want to bring adventure, magic, and play to children through writing. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or writer yourself, this blog will continually offer writing activities and share connections to support the natural creative side of playful writing exploration.

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Rebecca Olien

I am a teacher and author of both children and adult books. Play to Write is a blog emerging from my successful experiences using a playful approach to teaching.

We all need a reason to write. Children are no different. Teaching children to write is a struggle when we expect them to write for adult reasons with little reality in a child’s world. During my twenty years of teaching, I discovered children at all levels eager to extend their play and pretend to solve problems, share stories, and plan new adventures through writing.
It is my hope to:

  • Share playful writing activities that kids enjoy
  • Gain feedback and comments to expand these activities
  • Engage in discussions about teaching writing.
  • Create a space for others to share Play to Write ideas

Be sure to check out activity posts within the categories to the right.  Adventure, nature, humor, games…. find a writing activity just right for your playful writers!

I look forward to hearing your ideas, stories, and activities to keep writing fun and meaningful for young writers. Keep visiting to make discoveries and share your own playful writing ideas.

Find more playful writing activities at: http://www.pinterest.com/playfulworld/playful-writing/


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