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Playful Writing Book Now Available!

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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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2012 in review

The 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.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Adult Playful Writing

Try taking some time to enjoy a little playful writing during the holidays and winter break. Donald Graves, a guru in writing education, stressed the importance of discovery writing for teachers. When we allow ourselves time to write openly and playfully, we become better at facilitating writing experiences for children.
Here are a few ideas:

Start playful writing journal to explore interesting ideas, new discoveries, dreams, and musings.
Collect bits and parts of writing you have as notes, lists, journals, papers, etc. Cut apart pieces and combine into a creative reconstructed poem, story or collage that includes photos/ pictures.
Design your idea of the perfect vacation, house, bicycle, work space, or any other place or object. Describe this detail and explore your desires.
Imagine yourself as one of the characters in a favorite tv show, movie or novel. Write a scene with yourself as a character.
Create a holiday story with children. Use traditional charters in new situations or makeup new characters. Use the story to make an illustrated book, create puppets to act it out, or put on a family holiday skit.
Artful Writing- bring out the colored pencils, markers, and pens and create a combination of drawing and words to explore an idea, interest, or space.

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Shadow Stories

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.

shadow animals: elephant, rabbit, bird, and dog

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

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Stick People Adventure

Create fun stick people (or creature) figures and take them on some incredible adventures. What happens when these tiny characters meet find a stapler, a flashlight or your cat! What happens if you take them outdoors?

Draw, color, and cutout characters on index cards and glue them to craft sticks. Add fun details with colored paper, feathers, pipe cleaners or anything else you like. Leave some of the stick poking from the bottom so you can stick the character in a small glob of clay or in the ground so they stand up and you have your hands free to write their tales of adventure!Stick people photo

Write About It!

Start the Adventure
Decide who your main character will be. Tell the story through this character’s eyes. Find a place to begin your adventure. What does this character need or want to do? Give the character a reason to go on an adventure. Maybe your character is looking is trying to make a new discovery, find a new land, or save a kingdom.

Continue reading

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Spy Gadget Adventure

Write a spy mystery full of thrills, danger, and clever escapes. How does your character get out of trouble? With a spy gadget, of course!
Play! Collect cardboard tubes, pipe cleaners, string, cardboard, wires,  markers, glue, or anything else you want to use to make your gadget. Construct the tool so it has movable parts with paper fasteners or bendable wires. What does it do? Your imagination is the only limit. Have fun playing spy games to get lots of ideas for your story. spy gadget model

Write About It!
Story Starter:
Describe your main character. How long has this character been a spy? What is the problem that the spy needs to help solving? What secret information does the spy need? How does the spy feel about the mission? What steps does the spy have to take to complete the mission?

Secret Dangers: What dangers does the spy face during the mission? Who is after the spy? How does the spy get the spy gadget? Does someone give it to the spy or does the spy invent it? Increase the suspense by making the mission more and more difficult and dangerous. How does the spy get past guards, pursuers, alarms, or crack codes necessary to get the important information. How does the spy gadget help?

Mission Accomplished: Who does the spy give the information to? How has this help save people and solve the problem shared in the beginning of your story? Prepare the spy for the next adventure!

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