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
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
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.
Write About It! Continue reading
Turn shadows into fun story characters with nothing more than the flap and wave of fingers, a
bright wall, and a dark night (or dark room!).
What You Need: lamp or flashlights, wall or ceiling
Darkness comes early on these wintery days. With a little light projected onto a wall and lots of imagination, children have lots of fun creating shadow animals and other story characters.
Try out these old time favorites and soon children will be making up their own versions or birds, animals, and people.
Try these classic animal shadows!
Once the children have their own favorite characters, encourage them to interact with each other to let the stories begin! Continue reading
Categories: adventure writing, Animals/ Nature, Science Writing
Tags: acting and writing, animal riddles, animal stories, light and shadows, light lessons, play to write, science light teaching activities, science stories, shadow puppets, shadow stories, winter animal stories, winter stories, writing games
My students have great fun creating cartoon turkeys this time of year. There are many ways to draw a turkey. Once the
Turkey cartoons ready to say their mind.
children have their favorite version they are set to make their drawings into characters for turkey riddles and silly cartoons.
What You Need: paper, pencils and pens, pictures of turkeys are helpful but not necessary
Provide lots of paper and pencils to engage in a drawing circle where everyone contributes ideas and makes sketches of turkeys. Talk about the kind of feathers, neck, head, bodies, and feet a turkey has. Encourage exaggeration in order for the drawings to begin looking like cartoon birds. This also helps the perfectionist from getting too worried about realistic detail.
Write About It!
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:
Hatch some fun with this animal riddle game that doubles as an egg hunt!
What you need: plastic eggs used for egg hunts, permanent markers or paint pens, oven bake clay
1. Use oven-bake clay to make animals that hatch from eggs. Form animals small enough to fit inside the eggs.
2. Research to find interesting facts about the animals you choose. Unusual information make riddles trickier to solve and more fun to write.
3. Clever riddles are like puzzles. Choose four facts to write into clues. The clues lead to the answer without being too obvious.
4. Write the clues on the outside of the egg. Place the clay animal inside.
5. Hide the eggs! Once eggs are collected the fun continues as clues are read and animals guessed before opening each egg to see what pops out.